British Bill of Rights

A British Bill of Rights Is a Threat to the Absolute Ban on Torture

Sonya Sceats | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sonya Sceats

The Queen's speech suggests that the government is sticking to its plan, in which case we must remain vigilant to stop any backsliding on the absolute ban on torture and other universal rights through political sleights of hand.

Does Cameron's EU Deal Fast Track Human Rights Showdown?

Simon Sapper | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

David Cameron's attempts to bus-in support for what most people seem to think is a lack-lustre deal on EU reform could back-fire spectacularly. In c...

15 Reasons to Celebrate the Human Rights Act on Its 15th Birthday

Mairi Clare Rodgers | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK
Mairi Clare Rodgers

Happy birthday to the Human Rights Act! It's also suffered a barrage of toxic spin - and the Conservative Government is intent on scrapping it. Here are 15 ways the HRA has made life better for everyone in the UK - and 15 reasons the Government mustn't succeed in making this anniversary its last...

In Favour of a British Bill of Rights

Lewis Worrow | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lewis Worrow

British Bill of Rights is the right thing for the country; we must bring our rights home. As Isaiah Berlin once said, "freedom for the pike is death for the minnows" and we shall be no minnow in the European pond.

David Cameron Fuels Chaos Over Human Rights Convention

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has left the door open to withdrawing Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights if it continues to block "sending home" forei...

Heartening as It Is That Treacherous Human Rights Act Plans Have Been Delayed, There's No Room for Complacency on Civil Liberties

Rachel Robinson | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK
Rachel Robinson

Now the dust has settled on a general election that confounded pollsters and politicians alike, it's time to get to work. Wednesday saw the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech in almost two decades - and it's already clear that our new Government will be providing plenty to keep those concerned with civil liberties busy during the next legislative year... When Liberty was established in the 1930s, founding member E.M. Forster described our work as "the fight that is never done". He was right. In 2015 the fight to defend our rights and freedoms will be a tough one, but with the support of our members it's one we can win.

Human What? - Why the Tories Want to Scrap the Human Right Act

Hannah Jandu | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Jandu

With the election of a fresh Conservative government what better time to re-write, what those on the continent call, the 'Human Rights Act'. I don't know about you, but there is no one I trust more than the party that has, in the past 5 years, marched over 900,000 adults and children to food banks, to create an independent 'British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities'. I mean, nothing says 'dignity for all' like relying on the generosity of others to feed your children.

Those Tory Human Rights Explained...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Comedy

The Conservatives will be pressing ahead with their plans to scrap the Human Rights Act - but what can expect to find in their planned replacement? Hu...

A British Bill of Rights Will Diminish the Rights of Everyone in the UK - And the Most Vulnerable Will Suffer Most

Bella Sankey | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Bella Sankey

David Cameron, Chris Grayling and apparently now Michael Gove feel we'd be better off if we axed an act that's held the powerful to account over and over again, and instead allowed those with a vested interest in keeping their power unchecked to limit when and to whom human rights apply. Funny that... If you've been paying attention to party spin recently, you'll have seen our HRA suddenly rechristened "Labour's" Human Rights Act. So it's worth clearing up at the start that it was passed in 1998 with overwhelming cross-party support and Tory leadership endorsement. It was a long-held ambition of the Society of Conservative Lawyers.

Is the Risk to the Human Rights Act Over-Hyped?

Sonya Sceats | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sonya Sceats

The Conservatives have so far refrained from fully 'weaponizing' the Human Rights Act in the election and the prospect of repeal in the next Parliament is scant. But it is still vital to speak out about the role of the Act in protecting vulnerable people including torture survivors seeking sanctuary in this country.

The Tories Don't Understand Human Rights

Sam Fowles | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

It should be a source of pride, not rage, that we, as a nation, hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to respecting the inherent value of the human. The idea of human rights embodies the principal that people are more important than ideologies. If he hopes history to remember him with any fondness, David Cameron would do well to remember that maxim.

Ukip - The Left or Right Conundrum? It's About What's Right, Not Whether It's Left or Right

Janice Atkinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

Left or right? Ten per cent of people in a recent poll thought that Nigel Farage was left wing. Let's take a look at some of Ukip's policies and perhaps those polled and the media commentariat might re-consider their stereotypical view of us...

The News of the World: no Wonder They Hated Human Rights...

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 07.09.2011 | UK Politics
Baroness Chakrabarti

Any dangerous attempts at state censorship of the press should rightly be resisted with the help of Article 10, which guarantees free speech. But whatever happens in the future, press tirades against our modern British Bill of Rights - the Human Rights Act, which protects dignity, equal treatment and fairness for everyone - will ring rather hollow from now on.