I. SPEAK UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
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The Government’s plan to rip up our Human Rights Act means fewer rights for us, more power for them.
If enough of us take a stand we can stop them.
Speak up to #SaveYourRights.
We all want to live in an equal, just and fair society, where governments and public bodies act in our best interests.
Our laws and legal processes allow ordinary people to challenge governments and public authorities when they get it wrong. They help us stand up to people in power.
The Human Rights Act does just that. For more than 20 years it has protected the rights of thousands of people.
From the families of Hillsborough victims and military veterans to disabled people and survivors of violence against women and girls.
But now the Government want to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace with its new “Rights Removal Bill”.
All because they don’t think the checks and balances set up to limit Government power and protect the rights of ordinary people should apply to them.
Human rights are universal, they should not be contingent on who the Government of the day thinks deserves them.
It’s crucial we all stand up to this power grab and make it clear that we won’t tolerate the stripping away of our human rights.
WHAT WILL THE RIGHTS REMOVAL BILL DO?
Under the Human Rights Act, everyone in the UK should enjoy the same rights.
And for more than 20 years it has protected everyone’s rights and helped them get justice when power has been abused – from soldiers to disabled people, victims of sexual assault, journalists, workers, and LGBTQ+ people.
The Rights Removal Bill allows the Government to decide whose rights are more important than others’ and identifies people who will have fewer rights.
It strips rights away from people challenging deportation and their relatives – paving the way for the Government to ramp up its toxic hostile environment and remove the rights of non-British citizens.
It doesn’t stop with migrants. The text of the Bill also removes rights from British soldiers serving abroad if they are treated badly by the Ministry of Defence – such as those who were injured and died when travelling in defective Snatch Land Rovers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Under the Human Rights Act, public authorities have to put measures in place to respect and protect people’s rights.
It was this duty to protect rights that enabled the victims of serial rapist John Worboys to force the Metropolitan Police to properly investigate his crimes.
And it was the duty on the State to properly investigate deaths in suspicious circumstances that forced the second inquest into the Hillsborough disaster that finally got the truth for the 97 people who died.
It will impact people in everyday circumstances. From care homes, to trying to support disabled children with education
The Rights Removal Bill will weaken the power of the courts to make sure public authorities protect people’s rights and investigate and learn when things go wrong.
It does this by effectively telling the courts to bow to the expertise of the public authority involved when it comes it allocating its own resources.Find out more and take action
The Human Rights Act empowers people to challenge abuse of their rights in British courts.
The Rights Removal Bill makes this more difficult by requiring a person to prove they have suffered ‘significant disadvantage’ before they can ever get to court – incredibly difficult when you’re up against the power of the State.
Locking people out of British courts will force more people to go to the European Court of Human Rights – a much longer and much more expensive process that means justice may only be available to people who can afford it.Find out more and take action
The Government has no mandate for the Rights Removal Bill.
The Conservative Party 2019 manifesto promised to ‘update’ the HRA, not rip it up.
The devolved Governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all oppose the ripping up of the Human Rights Act, as do numerous cross-party parliamentarians in England
The Government has also completely ignored the result of independent public consultation on the Bill. The majority of the public respondents said the proposals should be scrapped, but it’s carrying on anyway.
WHAT CAN I DO?