Lawyers Against Poverty joins calls for the Government to abandon its proposed overhaul of the Human Rights Act 1998
As a growing network and movement of lawyers who are passionate about fighting the injustice of poverty, we are deeply troubled by the proposals announced today by the Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab, for the overhaul of the human rights law framework in the UK.
The Human Rights Act 1998 has been carefully crafted to provide a balanced framework for individuals to assert their fundamental rights and liberties against the State. It underpins and reinforces the rights that we all use and rely on in our everyday lives and is a key tool in the fight against inequality, injustice and poverty.
Lawyers Against Poverty calls on the Government to stop all reforms or amendments of the Human Rights Act and endorses the statement made by the Joint Committee on Human Rights:
“We have been struck by the evidence that enforcing human rights is so crucial, and how well the HRA achieves this while also respecting the sovereignty of Parliament. We do not see that any compelling case for reform or amendment of the HRA in response to the Review’s consultation questions has been made.”
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