Why our Human Rights Act Matters...to Learning Disability England
This blog was originally posted on Learning Disability England and has been reposted here with kind permission.
Please note, this is a guest blog and views expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of BIHR.
The Human Rights Act 1998 was passed with cross-party support by parliament; it does not belong to any one particular political party.
Our Human Rights Act takes 16 of the human rights in the European Convention on Human Rights and pulls them down into our law here at home.
One way we can do this is by writing to our MPs and telling them why our Human Rights Act is so important and urging them to protect it.
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has made a form you can fill in and send to your MP.
Learning Disability England and our members worked closely with the BIHR to make sure the government heard from people with learning disabilities in the Human Rights Act Consultation.
Kumudu Perera, self-advocate member representative spoke to me about one of the reasons why The Human Rights Act is so needed:
“We need to protect the Human Rights Act otherwise people will be able to abuse people with all kinds of prejudices like disabilities. Anti-social behavior like this will likely get out of control and become a lot worse than it already is.”
I also spoke to Jack Marshal, self-advocate member representative about the effect this might have and what we can do to stop it:
“The Human Rights Act is one of the foundations for support of disability rights. It’s a legal framework that protects people from being discriminated against and makes sure people are equal.
I think it’s absolutely disgusting that our rights are being exposed to this, we don’t know what will happen and what effect this will have on our rights as disabled people.
I encourage everybody, disabled and non-disabled to write to their MPs to express their dissatisfaction with this and arrange meetings with their MPs when they are with their constituents. Tell them why it’s important this bill should be reversed and that we should be given the same protection as the original bill.”
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