Human Rights Act and the Assault on Liberty (The )
Rights and Asylum in the UK
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- Table of Contents
- Table of Abbreviations
- Table of Cases
- Table of Statutes
- List of Tables
1. Research Question, Methodology, and
Summary of Findings
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 Research Question: Rights and Social Change
- 1.3 Culture of Rights Defined
- 1.4 Section 55: A Case Study
- 1.5. Why Asylum (and Asylum-Seekers)?
- 1.6. Why Non-Governmental Organisations?
- 1.7. Fieldwork
- 1.8. Methodology
- 1.9. Additional Sources of Data
- 1.10 Findings
- 1.11 Reasons for Optimism?
- 1.12 Conclusion
- 1.13 Outline of Chapters
- + 2 Rights and Social Change
- + 3 Asylum in the Wider Context
4 Asylum and Welfare Benefits:
- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 The Battle Over Benefits: A Brief Background
- 4.3 Welfare and the 1993 Act
- 4.4 Welfare and the 1996 Act
- 4.5 Welfare, the 1999 Act, and NASS
- 4.6 Welfare, the 2002 Act and Section 55
- 4.7 Welfare as a Coercive Measure
- 4.8 Conclusion
- + 5 The Campaign Against Section 55
- + 6 The Human Rights Act and the First Test-Case Challenge to Section 55
7 The Continuing Campaign Against Section 55
- 7.1 Introduction
- 7.2 Q and Others at the Court of Appeal
- 7.3 Section 55 after the Court of Appeal Decision
- 7.4 The NGO Reaction
- 7.5 Q and Others, the HRA, and Publicity
- 7.6 Conclusion
- 7.7 The Next Test-Cases: R on the Application of S, D, T: July 2003
- 7.8 After SDT: October 2003
- 7.9 A New Direction?
- 7.10 The Campaign (November – December 2003)
- 7.11 Coalition Against the Destitution of Asylum-Seekers (CADAS)
- 7.12 HRA Successes
- 7.13 A Campaign Reinvigorated?
- 7.14 The End of Section 55
- 7.15 Conclusion
- + 8 The End of Section 55?
Asylum and a Culture of Rights?
- 9.1 Introduction
- 9.2 The Question of Asylum
- 9.3 Asylum and Rights
- 9.4 A Culture of Rights?
- 9.5 Outsiders and Rights
- 9.6 Rights, Outsiders, and the Canadian Experience
- 9.7 The Human Rights Act
- 9.8 The Fight Over Section 55
- 9.9 A Deliberate Attack on Asylum
- 9.10 The Future of Human Rights in the UK
- 9.11 Asylum and a Culture of Rights
- 9.12 Conclusion
- + Appendix: Survey Questionnaire
A major objective of the Human Rights Act (HRA) was to bring about a culture of rights in the UK. Its introduction fore-grounded questions about the use of rights to advance social justice issues and was the impetus for this research. At about the same time as the Act came into effect another law, Section 55, an antithesis of what the HRA promised, was passed which forced thousands of asylum-seekers into destitution. Section 55 became a major battleground pitting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) against the Home Office in a three-year long campaign, characterised by rancour and viciousness, unlike any in recent memory. The NGOs, with the new HRA as a key part of their strategy, defeated the legislation.