21 June 2017

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Stephen Bowen, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, said:

“It is good news that the strength of opposition to ‘scrapping’ the Human Rights Act kept it off the agenda in this Queen’s Speech.

We are renewing our call for the government to pledge their support to our Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Until they do so, we have to remember the Conservative manifesto commitment to scrap the bill of rights we already have, our Human Rights Act.

Human rights should not be a political football but a source of unity and strength. Join with us and our Human Rights Alliance, and help us to continue to make the case for human rights for all.”


  • The Conservative manifesto stated: "We will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway but we will consider our human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the EU concludes. We will remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights for the duration of the next parliament." Read more.

  • BIHR's Human Rights Alliance is a network of over 150 organisations from across the United Kingdom committed to protecting human rights and the Human Rights Act. Find out more, including how to join.

  • For a BIHR spokesperson please contact Helen Wildbore at BIHR on 0207 882 5851 or [email protected]

The British Institute of Human Rights is an independent charity committed to bringing human rights to life across the UK by empowering people to know what human rights are, to use them in everyday life beyond the courtrooms, and to ensure those in power respect and progress our human rights laws.

For more information about BIHR’s views during the General Election please visit our dedicated webpages.