Liberty responds to Justice Secretary's confirmation that she will press on with Human Rights Act repeal

22 August 2016

The Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary has today confirmed that the Government intends to continue with its plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

Responding to Liz Truss's comments, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said:

“Surely it can’t have escaped the Lord Chancellor’s attention that our country has seen a spike in hate and division in recent months. Just days ago, the Equality and Human Rights Commission laid bare the scale and challenge of racial inequality in Britain – and only today Transport Police have reported a leap in racist abuse and attacks.

“In the current climate, our new Justice Secretary should focus on providing unifying leadership – not pouring her energy, and yet more public money, into scrapping human rights and equality protections that are needed now more than ever.”