Court of Appeal judgement: ‘a child is foremost a child before he or she is a refugee’

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The Court of Appeal have restated the principle that ‘a child is foremost a child before he or she is a refugee.’

This was part of a July 2017 judgement from Lord Justice Underhill  and Lord Justice Gross. The guidance aims to ensure that children and other vulnerable persons have an effective right of access to Immigration and Asylum Tribunals, and a voice in the proceedings.

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Scottish Government consultation: Socio-Economic Duty

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In 2017, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to introduce the socio-economic duty to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage.

The Scottish Government has published a July 2017 consultation paper (pdf) asking for views on how public authorities can meet the requirements of the duty. This consultation closes on 12 September 2017.

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Government Equalities Office announcement: Gender Recognition Act Consultation

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The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has announced new proposals to streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing gender. A consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 will be launched in Autumn 2017.

This July 2017 news is accompanied by a national survey on LGBT experiences, and a reduction in the deferral blood donation period for men who have sex with men (from 12 to 3 months).

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Bright Blue report: Britain Breaking Barriers – Strengthening Human Rights and Tackling Discrimination

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In this country, as a result of discrimination, too many people are held back because of who they are rather than what they do, finds a July 2017 Bright Blue report.

Britain Breaking Barriers (pdf) provides a set of policy recommendations to Government to tackle discrimination and protect human rights.

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Just Fair and Doctors of the World paper: Right to Health for All

The Home Office should not have access to NHS patients’ data, and NHS professionals should not be expected to guard our borders, say Just Fair and Doctors of the World.

In a June 2017 position paper (pdf), both organisations identify data-sharing between NHS and the Home Office as a threat to patients’ human rights.

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