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Family to challenge law requiring Christian RE and worship in NI schools

The High Court will consider a challenge to the laws requiring faith-based Christian religious education (RE) and collective worship in schools in Northern Ireland today. A non-religious family is mounting the legal challenge arguing the exclusively Christian nature of RE and worship violates their human rights. The case is being supported by Northern Ireland Humanists…. Read more »

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New firearms licence condition welcomed by BASC Northern Ireland

Improvement to firearms licence condition welcomed by BASC Northern Ireland The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has welcomed the introduction of a firearms certificate condition that will allow the licence holder to shoot any lawful quarry on land where they have the authority to shoot. The condition known… Read more »

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Hewitt insists bill 'strikes right balance'
Hewitt: Mental health bill enables community care

Mental health laws must be updated to reflect the increasing emphasis of care in the community, the health secretary Patricia Hewitt told MPs last night. But in so doing, the government has struck the “right balance” between safeguarding patients’ rights and public protection, she told the Commons during a debate on the mental health bill…. Read more »

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MPs to debate 'psychiatric ASBOs'
MPs debate controversial mental health bill

MPs will today discuss the mental health bill, with widespread opposition expected for the controversial community treatment orders (CTOs), dubbed ‘psychiatric ASBOs’. If passed, the bill would allow compulsory treatment or detention for people with severe or violent mental health disorders, even if it would not help their condition. Mental health campaigners warn that CTOs… Read more »