Giving evidence to the Commons Justice Committee this morning, Lord Chancellor Michael Gove said he could not give a "100 per cent guarantee" that the UK would remain a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) under the Government's plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
Mr Gove said: "The rights contained and articulated in the Convention are admirable but we have got to make sure they apply in a context where people believe that the culture of human rights is not being abused."
Liberty client John Walker’s legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his husband continues this week in the Court of Appeal.
Mr Walker retired from chemicals group Innospec in 2003, having worked for the company for more than 20 years. He began his relationship with his now husband in 1983. The couple entered into a civil partnership in January 2006, which they have recently converted into a marriage. Mr Walker wants to ensure that, should he die first, his husband will be adequately provided for.
Responding to the Prime Minister's speech at Runnymede to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:
"The Prime Minister could give a masterclass in bare-faced cheek, using Magna Carta day to denigrate our Human Rights Act. But we will take no lessons in rights and freedoms from a leader who wants to dilute them to the detriment of everyone in the UK and wider watching world."
Liberty has today delivered a letter to Oxford City Council calling on its leaders to ditch unlawful plans to criminalise homeless people and buskers.
At its meeting this evening, the Council’s Executive Board will consider proposals to introduce a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). If given the green light, the Order will ban sleeping in public toilets and “persistent begging” – defined by the authority as begging “on more than one occasion”.
Today the Government appeared to delay plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. While many of the Conservative manifesto commitments were in the legislative agenda, the Queen's speech said only that ‘proposals’ would be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights.
Stars of stage and screen have joined Liberty and its members in calling on the Government to scrap plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
In a series of short films, actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Indira Varma, David Harewood, Simon Callow and Vanessa Redgrave have lent their voices to the stories of ordinary people who have held the powerful to account using human rights laws.