“The European Union was founded in the aftermath of the Second World War to bring together a divided continent and to build a future based on the principles of peace and co-operation, free from the conflict and brutality of the preceding years. The European Union has delivered on that mission and plays a crucial role in protecting and promoting its values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

As a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom (UK) enjoys a greater level of protection of human rights than if we were outside. Everyone in the UK is covered by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, guaranteeing a wide range of human rights in many areas of life. EU legislation provides protection from discrimination, strong rights in employment and protection of our personal data.

The British Institute of Human Rights believes that leaving the European Union would reduce the level of human rights protection we currently have access to in the UK and would mean that the UK would no longer be part of one of the world’s greatest success stories in guaranteeing peace, democracy and the rule of law. We would be leaving an organisation committed to the protection of human rights across Europe and around the world.

As an organisation dedicated to the promotion and advancement of human rights, we believe that purpose is best served by the UK being a member of the European Union.”

20 June 2016