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Civil Liberties

Clair Hilder response to the publication of Dame Elish Angiolini’s report into deaths in police custody

31st October 2017

Commenting on the report Clair Hilder, Senior Associate in the Civil Liberties team said: “We welcome the publication of the review (Independent review of deaths and serious incidents in police custody) and the recommendations made, including the call for non-means tested funding for bereaved families so they can be properly engaged in investigations following deaths…

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Latest inquest into prisoner death at HMP Winchester finds more failings

19th October 2017

The jury at the inquest into the death of a 27-year-old man from Hayling Island in Hampshire at HMP Winchester has concluded that the prison’s failure to instigate appropriate self-harm support measures contributed to his death, citing widespread insufficient and inadequate training and a lack of accountability in the training of agency staff. The jury…

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Jury blames inadequate care for death of man with learning disability

18th October 2017

The jury at an inquest into the death at a residential care home of a man with autism and a learning disability today concluded that his death was contributed to by neglect, specifically inadequate care from inexperienced staff who did not know how to deal with an emergency. 64-year-old Anthony Dawson died in May 2015…

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Joseph Phuong: tragedy of man let down by ‘chaotic’ mental health services

11th October 2017

The jury at an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court into the death in police custody of a 32-year-old man with known psychiatric illness has criticised the response to his medical emergency as “chaotic, disorganised and lacking urgency”, which possibly contributed to his death. Joseph Phuong, who worked as a web designer, was diagnosed as suffering…

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Noel Conway’s right to die claim dismissed by High Court

6th October 2017

The High Court today dismissed Noel Conway’s challenge to the law against assisted dying. Noel, who suffers from motor neurone disease, had his claim heard in July. Civil Liberties partner Nancy Collins represented Humanists UK, which intervened in the case in support. Noel now intends to appeal the decision. Noel, who is also supported by…

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