Human Rights Act

Did The AIDS Crisis Have To Devastate The Haemophilia Community?

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Jonathan Cooper

It was 1987. The fear caused by the AIDS crisis was palpable. Princess Diana hadn't yet reached out to a gaunt gay man dying. The haemophilia communit...

They Don't Like Ordinary People Having Human Rights

Bob Morgan | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

If you think that we can automatically trust the authorities to replace the HR Act with the same rights under English law - then think of Hillsborough and think of Grenfell - sometimes you need more than blind trust.

Why The Tories Are Not My Cuppa

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

On Thursday, Britain heads to the polls to cast a vote that will determine which political party will shape the next five years. Here is why the Tories are absolutely not my cup of tea...

Putting Human Rights On The Map This March

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Sanchita Hosali

This week, as part of March for Human Rights, the British Institute of Human Rights is putting human rights on the map with a tour of pop-up events f...

Adverts Promoting Human Rights Act Deemed 'Too Political' For Train Commuters

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK

Adverts that defend the Human Rights Act by Amnesty International have been deemed “too political” for Britain’s railways and ditched by Network...

As Theresa May Becomes the UK's Second Female Prime Minister, How Safe Are Women's Rights on Her Watch?

Dr. Helen Pankhurst | Posted 15.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr. Helen Pankhurst

We rely on the law to safeguard justice. It is the existence of laws and challenges when they are not followed that sustains our democracy. We are now likely to be entering a period of high economic instability and the Brexit vote is also likely to result in the loss of a number of legal protections from the EU around worker's rights for example. Now more than ever our Human Rights Act is pivotal.

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.

The 'Groundhog Day' Pledge To Abolish The Human Rights Act Didn't Convince Anyone

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

The Queen's Speech pledge to introduce a British Bill of Rights has been labelled "Groundhog Day" for being identical to last year's pledge, after 12 ...

Human Rights Are Under Threat at Home and Abroad - So Too Is the International Reputation of the UK

Lord Lester | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Lester

The British political system has been decaying for decades. The main parties are split into hostile factions. They play games with our fragile constit...

The Five Things Humans Should Fight For

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.04.2016 | UK

As a young, campaigning lawyer in the 1960s, Anthony Lester would send fake job applications for invented people with identical qualifications, one ca...

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...

Why the David Miranda Verdict Was an Important Victory for Our Free Press

Rosie Brighouse | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Rosie Brighouse

For years Liberty has argued that Schedule 7 - a breathtakingly broad and intrusive power to stop, detain, question and seize without suspicion that can be used against anyone travelling to, from or through the UK - is ripe for overuse and abuse. And yesterday, in a landmark victory for our free press, the Court of Appeal agreed with Liberty's intervention.

My Letter to Father Christmas

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Chakrabarti

I am not sure that you can help with my wish or even that I believe that you read these letters any more. Perhaps these days your correspondence goes straight to a limb of the State or to a global retail corporate who then converts a child's desire for this or that piece of merchandise into a miraculous suggestion in a hapless parent's e-basket. But hope springs eternal and so I ask whoever is reading to tweak the consciences of the powerful so as to empower the vulnerable. In 2015, let's save our Human Rights Act.

With Human Rights Under Attack in Britain, There Is a Pressing Need to Celebrate Human Rights Day

Lord Anthony Lester QC | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Anthony Lester QC

Politicians and sections of the press peddle lies and distortions about the European Convention on Human Rights, the Strasbourg Court and the Human Rights Act. They allege that the system distorts justice, preventing evil people from getting their just deserts. They complain that it hampers governments in tackling terrorism and serious crime. They decry rulings preventing deportation to a country where there is a risk of torture or the death penalty.

Why Northern Ireland Needs a Bill of Rights

Stephen Donnan | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

It is over 17 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement which was meant to usher in a new era of peace, stability, co-operation and respect...

Human Rights Day - Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK
Sanchita Hosali

"[R]ecognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justic...

HRA Year 11: Helping Keep Families Together

Helen Wildbore | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Wildbore

As part of BIHR's 15 Days of Action to mark the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Act (HRA), we are marking landmark moments in the Act's history. ...

Human Rights Act: Protecting the Rights of the Disabled

Sanchita Hosali | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK
Sanchita Hosali

As part of BIHR's 15 Days of Action to mark the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Act (HRA), we are marking landmark moments in the Act's history. ...

Standing Up for Human Rights Is Not Just an Essential Part of Labour's Values - It's Part of Our Character and Identity as a Country

Lord Falconer | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Falconer

I reiterate today what I said to Labour conference earlier this week: we will fight as hard as we can to protect and preserve the Human Rights Act and we will do everything in our power to stop the Government walking away from the European Convention on Human Rights. Standing up for human rights is not just an essential part of Labour's values. It's part of our character and identity as a country.

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...

15 Years of Protecting Children - Why Aren't We Celebrating?

Kamena Dorling | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK
Kamena Dorling

From trafficked children to children who have experienced domestic abuse or violence at school, the Human Rights Act has helped protect their rights. At a time when concerns about child welfare and the protection of children from abuse have been at the forefront of national debate, it is imperative that children's rights are strengthened in the UK...

Now's the Time to Fight for the Human Rights Act

Jasvir Singh | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Jasvir Singh

Next Friday is the 15th anniversary of the Human Rights Act coming into force in the UK, an anniversary that we should all be celebrating. It was promised in the Labour Party's 1997 election manifesto as a means to "establish a floor, not a ceiling, for human rights", and that is precisely what it did.

Attention All Liberals and Scaremongers: The Human Rights Act is a Piece of Parchment

Georgina Edwards | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm pretty sure that a piece of parchment in the HOC library wasn't much of a deterrent anyway. Please learn the difference between your human rights, and the Human Rights Act. Or I will take them from you. Kidding.

The Pleas of the Voiceless May Be All Too Easy to Ignore - The Tens of Thousands Marching Through London Will Be Harder to Dismiss

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Baroness Chakrabarti

On Saturday I'll join thousands of others - including my Liberty colleagues and many of our members - to take to the streets of London in solidarity with refugees. We will march to show the powerful that we see through the barrage of poisonous, dehumanising rhetoric with which we've been bombarded in recent years. These refugees are not a "swarm", as the Prime Minister labelled them, and they're not "marauding" as they were branded by the Foreign Secretary. They are not, as they have been variously described in the media, an "organised mob", an "unstoppable flood" or "the biggest threat to Europe since the war". They are desperate human beings fleeing war, genocide, tyranny and exploitation in the hope of finding a better life for their families.

Don't Take That Long Silence As A Sign The Tories Are Keeping The Human Rights Act...

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK

The government still wants to abolish the Human Rights Act, it has confirmed after a long silence on the matter. The Conservative manifesto promise...