Over 200 human rights-focused organisations and leading experts have come together to oppose any attempt by the UK Government to restrict citizens’ access to human rights laws, or to the law more generally through judicial review, which they warn could represent a devastating blow to everyone’s ability to guarantee their rights and freedoms against the state.
Do you agree with them? If so, you can add your name to their call to Robert Buckland, Secretary of State for Justice: We need your help to protect human rights.
While every system could be improved, and protecting rights and freedoms for all is a balancing act, our Human Rights Act is a proportionate and well-drafted protection for the fundamental liberties and responsibilities of everyone in this country.
The Act guarantees the rights to free speech and expression, to life, to liberty, to security, to privacy, to assembly, and to freedom of religion or belief. It prohibits torture and guarantees fair trials and the rule of law.
Judicial review is an indispensable mechanism for individuals to assert those rights and freedoms against the power of the state.
Any restrictions on the independence of our judiciary, on our human rights laws, or on the right to judicial review could represent a devastating blow to everyone’s ability to guarantee their rights and freedoms against the state.