Given the most recent attacks on our post-war human rights framework, it’s fitting that this week marks the final instalment in our Common Values blog series showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act. Today we focus on Richard and Gillian Rabone, who turned to the legislation after daughter Melanie committed suicide after being negligently allowed to leave hospital.
If history has taught us anything, it’s that elected politicians abandon legal principles at their peril – today’s cover-up is tomorrow’s scandal. Disappointingly many MPs made that very mistake last night – deserting traditions of open justice and fair trials in the name of secrecy and cover-up.
Today’s entry in our Common Values blog series on our new short films, showcasing the importance of the Human Rights Act, focuses on Liberty client Verna Bryant. Her daughter, mother-of-one Naomi, was killed by convicted sex offender Anthony Rice while he was on licence from prison in 2005.
Opposition to Government plans for Secret Courts is widespread and mounting and today it has spilled over in a damning attack on the proposals by hundreds of Britain’s lawyers, including dozens of leading QCs.
Of all our Human Rights Act’s fundamental freedoms, none attracts controversy like Article 8 – the right to a private and family life. Barely a day passes without it being demonised. Only a week ago the Home Secretary launched another attack on the judiciary’s handling of Article 8 in immigration cases.
This weekend the Home Secretary launched another disappointing attack on our judiciary and human rights law – accusing immigration judges of ignoring Parliament when making decisions in immigration cases.
Last week we blogged about the Home Affairs Select Committee’s scathing report on the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which painted a bleak picture of an overwhelmed body incapable of delivering the necessary scrutiny – not least of deaths in custody.
One year ago today we launched our For Their Eyes Only campaign against the secret courts proposals in the Justice and Security Bill. This dangerous Bill has little to do with justice or security and a lot to do with limiting the transparency and accountability of our Government.
Yesterday the Government proved to be all talk and no action on extradition. Ministers unveiled a series of reforms which would hand judges very little discretion to bar extradition and – worse still – actually remove the Home Secretary’s ability to halt removals on human rights grounds.
The level of backing for same-sex marriage in England and Wales during last night’s House of Commons vote was hugely encouraging. MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by 400 to 175 – a majority of 225. Considering Parliamentarians were spared the party whips and given a free vote, such widespread support is very significant.