Category Archives: Human Rights

Factory Act 1847 (UK)

8 JUNE 1847, the Parliament of the United Kingdom enacted the Factory Act 1847, also known as the Ten Hour Bill.

Women and children could only work 63 hours per week as of 1 July 1847 and 58 hours per week, or 10 hours per week, as of 1 May 1848.


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Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (UK)

ON 28 AUGUST 1833, the UK Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.

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Slave Trade Act 1807 (UK)

ON THIS DAY in 1807 the UK Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act 1807. Slave trade was abolished in the British Empire.

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Somerset v Stuart

ON 22 JUNE 1772, the English King’s Bench delivered Somerset v Stuart (1772) Lofft 1; (1772) 98 ER 499.

Even though African slavery was tolerated at the time in the colonies, the court ruled that a slave could not be taken by force and sold abroad as property as no such right existed under the law of England,

Peter O’Grady
BA, LLB, Grad Cert Leg Prac, Acc Spec Lawyer

1688 | Bill of Rights

ON THIS DAY in 1689, the Bill of Rights was passed into law by the Parliament of England.