It’s been a couple years now since we were all waiting for the government’s full-frontal assault on our rights. The British Bill of Rights – touted as the replacement for the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) – started off sounding like it might be an opportunity to expand protections or ensure rights truly reflected and … Continued
More than 157,000 people have now signed our petition asking Justice Secretary Liz Truss not to turn universal freedoms into privileges for a chosen few by scrapping the Act. Hundreds have also tweeted Truss directly, calling on her to defend it.
The Human Rights Act protects ordinary people’s freedom, safety and dignity, and helps us hold the authorities to account when things go wrong. Celia Peachey Celia Peachey’s mum Maria was murdered by her violent ex-partner, despite repeatedly asking the police for help. Celia used the Human Rights Act to hold the police account for their … Continued
During the violent 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, thousands of people lost their lives and many more were injured. The Human Rights Act helped to heal some of those wounds and plays a vital part in keeping the peace today. The road to peace In 1998, after thirty years of bitter conflict in Northern … Continued
For a quarter of a century, the families of those who died at Hillsborough were kept in the dark about what really happened. The Human Rights Act helped them bring the truth to light. Ninety-six men, women and children were killed in a crush at Hillsborough football ground on 15 April 1989. Many more … Continued
My name is Celia Peachey. I am the daughter of Maria Stubbings, who was brutally murdered just before Christmas 2008. My mum was the kindest, funniest, and most beautiful woman. She was my best friend and a great listener, in fact we often laughed until we cried. Mum loved to play silly games and jokes … Continued
What happened at Hillsborough? On 15 April 1989, thousands of Liverpool fans travelled to Sheffield to see their team play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final. Ninety-six men, women and children never returned home. Before the match was due to start, a huge crowd built up at the Leppings Lane entrance to Hillsborough stadium. … Continued
Human rights are ours to be treasured and protected. It is not up to those power to decide who and who is not entitled to them – the ‘human’ part is universal. If the Prime Minister is sincerely proud of the Magna Carta’s legacy, he should stop attacking the Human Rights Act and think about how he can ensure that we all have equal access to justice.
Thousands of you spoke out against the government’s plan to scrap the Human Rights Act – and they definitely heard you…
In the Queen’s Speech, the government made it clear they will press forward with dismantling the Human Rights Act. Ask your MP to defend it in Parliament tomorrow.