The government has proposed replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. We are one of over 60 charities that has collaborated on an open letter to the Prime Minister highlighting the important rights and protections the Human Rights Act 1998 offers people. We are also calling for a study and equalities impact assessment so the effect of proposed changes on the UK population are understood.
The letter, sent on 18th May 2022, was organised by national advocacy charity POhWER. We are among the Advocacy, Information and Advice charities that signed it, calling on the government to protect the Human Rights Act.
You can read the letter at www.pohwer.net/Blog/human-rights-act-letter-to-prime-minister and sign a petition to call for the assessment at www.change.org/p/save-the-human-rights-act-public-authority-duty-to-uphold-rights
The government says the reform will make the separation of powers between the courts and parliament clearer. However, current laws protect everyone in the UK no matter who they are or what their own situation may be. The proposed Bill of Rights would offer opt-outs to public authorities to pick and choose whose rights they supported and if/when they supported those rights.
In addition, the Human Rights Act is at the centre of a framework of rights and entitlements complemented by the Equality Act, Care Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Liberty Protection Safeguards, Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.