Man claims council breached his human rights for blocking border around his father's grave


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Muslim man has begun a High Court fight after a council prevented him from building an edge around his father's grave.

Atta Ul-Haq complained that Walsall Council had breached his human rights by not allowing a border, which he wants in place to stop people walking across the grave situated in Streetly Cemetery.

Mr Ul-haq said the rules of Islam forbid others from stepping on graves, and claimed the council is breaching Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows people to exercise their religion.



Walsall Council bosses refused his request on the grounds that building an edge around the grave would breach cemetery policy.

They maintain that the graveyard's policy is lawful.

Two judges are now analysing the evidence at a High Court hearing.