‘Relationship breakdown is the largest single trigger of rough sleeping, leading to 42% of male rough sleeping’.
This is according to the February 2018 briefing paper (pdf) from the House of Commons Library. This paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping in England, and outlines Government policy on this issue.
The paper finds:
The most recent statistics published on 25 January 2018 recorded a 169% increase in the number of people sleeping rough in England since 2010
Among women, 35% slept rough after leaving home to escape domestic violence
Rough sleeping is at its most severe in London.
Read the full report (pdf).
Despite allegations of serious abuse in immigration detention centers, the UK
persisted in not imposing a maximum time limit for immigration detention, and
continued to detain asylum-seeking and migrant children.
This is from the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). World Report 2018 is their 28th annual review of human rights
practices around the globe.
The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017.
The report finds:
Germany over the past year made headlines when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to enter its parliament in decades
Despite a strong tradition of protecting civil and political rights, Australia has serious unresolved human rights problems. Australia continued in 2017 to hold asylum seekers who arrived by boat on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on the island nation of Nauru, where conditions are abysmal
Bahrain’s human rights situation continued to worsen in 2017. Authorities shut down the country’s only independent newspaper and the leading secular-left opposition political society.
In Bangladesh, civil society groups faced pressure from both state and non-state actors, including death threats and attacks from extremist groups.
Read the full report (pdf).
‘EU and EEA migrants living in Northern Ireland are facing high levels of fear and uncertainty around their status and rights in the aftermath of Brexit’.
This is according to the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Human Rights Consortium on the human rights implications of Brexit in Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Government, COSLA and the Scottish Refugee Council have launched a strategy to support refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland’s communities.
New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy (pdf), published in January 2018, aims to coordinate the efforts of organisations involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
‘Integration is immensely important but is not embedded in immigration policy’ says a January 2018 report (pdf) from the Home Affairs Committee.
This report sets out five key areas, where they believe reforms are needed to build consent around a fair, principled and effective immigration policy in the UK.
The UK should act upon the UN Committee’s recommendations, and this should be done with the full involvement of disabled people and their organisations.
This is from the EHRC’s January 2018 report on the UK’s work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
There is a chronic national shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites in England, says a December 2017 briefing (pdf) from Friends, Families and Travellers.
A Fairer Scotland for All, published in December 2017, sets out the key actions Scottish Government will take over this Parliamentary session to drive positive change for minority ethnic communities.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a December 2017 inquiry following Grenfell fire.
Post-16 education and training providers need to offer greater levels of support to returning students, in particular young mothers.
This is one of the recommendations from the November 2017 Young Women’s report which exposes the extent to which many young women who are out of work are isolated, with limited support networks, and struggling to get by financially.