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Extending concern to wrongdoers (UK)

13 August 2010, Cheshire UK. Police attending a crime scene did not chase thieves escaping from the scene, out of consideration for the perpetrators' health and safety.

 

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Bound and put in nappy at a psychiatric ward (Hungary)

26 July 2010, Budapest. The representative of patients' rights and the patient's legal representative have to be immediately informed about the limitation of personal freedom in hospital. The implementation of such restrictive measures is to be ordered exclusively in keeping with the legal norm and is to be documented, Hungarian Ombudsman Máté Szabó warned after investigating a complaint.

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Breach of right to respect for private & family life (ECHR)

29.07.10, Strasbourg (ref. applications 24404/05 and 3295/06). The Court upheld claims brought by two Ethiopian female nationals living in Swizerland, and awarded compensation for breach of respect for their private and family life (art. 8 ECHR).

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'Reasonable tolerability' test refuted (Supreme Court, United Kingdom)

7 July 2010, London. The Supreme Court (Ref: UKSC  31) held that the 'reasonable tolerability' test applied by the Court of Appeal is contrary to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. A homosexual could not be expected to suppress his identity in a country where homosexuality resulted in prosecution, whether or not he could reasonably tolerate this suppression.

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Planning application mishandled (UK LGO)

5 August 2010, United Kingdom. Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) Jane Martin found that there were multiple errors in the way South Oxfordshire District Council considered an application for a replacement property in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Breach of right to liberty and security (ECHR)

27 July 2010, Strasbourg (Ref: 28221/08). The ECHR upheld a claim against Malta, that 2000 days' imprisonment for breaching bail conditions, was excessive and amounted to a breach of the right to liberty and security (art. 5 (1) ).

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