United Kingdom Laws

Please Not that there is no clear dignity law in UK. Reference in certain contexts:

Right of bodily integrity:
procedures performed on people eg circumcision; blood tests. Presumption against procedures performed for non-therapeutic reasons: S v S 1972 AC 24 HL. Feldman: Civil Liberties and Human Rights in England and Wales 1993: 159-60.

Children:
prima facie enjoy all rights as citizens. But as dependants are subject to certain authority exercised by the responsible adults. Feldman 134-5. Test is ‘reasonableness’. Parent must have justification for punishment which cannot be an assault: R v Dupperon 1985 WWR 369 CA.

Intimate Searches:
highly intrusive; prima facie a battery and invasion of privacy and interference with bodily integrity: Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, s118(1). Must be specially authorised on reasonable grounds by officer at least of rank of superintendent. Feldman 261.

Immigrants:
EC of HR held that UK immigration officials cannot treat non-English groups differently from other non-English groups degrading: Patel and others (The East African Asians) v UK 1981 3 EHRR.

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