On this page you will find:

  • BIHR's Press Release for Human Rights Day 2021
  • The Civil Society Human Rights Day Letter from 150+ groups
  • A video version of the Letter
  • An Easy Read Press Release
  • An Easy Read video of the Human Rights Day Letter

Press Release:

On global Human Rights Day, as the UK attends the international Summit for Democracy and the Justice Secretary vows to “overhaul” our protections, over 150 groups across the UK challenge the Prime Minister to secure our Human Rights Act

As the Government attends President Biden’s Summit for Democracy, over 150 groups have issued an open letter challenging the Prime Minister to secure our Human Rights Act and safeguard human rights and democratic accountability here at home.  

The organisations include those working with children, carers, people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health, women experiencing violence, migrants, older people, and groups campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights, fair trials, access to justice, decent housing and against racial discrimination and to increase the UK’s democratic accountability.  

 The loud calls to tamper with our Human Rights Act, often by those in government with the responsibility to uphold our protections, does little to reassure civil society groups, and the many people we each support and represent. In our varied work up and down the country, we see the everyday ways our Human Rights Act helps people to live more dignified and equal lives; ordinary people whose voices are too often unheard by those with power.  

This atmosphere of hostility towards human rights and legal accountability in the UK cannot continue. Together, we are calling on the Prime Minister, and leaders of all political parties, to “move from the romanticisation of being human rights pioneers in 1948 and commit to our Human Rights Act protections being a part of everyone’s life, every day, today and tomorrow.” 

 

Sanchita Hosali, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, the organisation coordinating the letter, said:  

You can download a copy of this Press Release here.

Human Rights Day Letter:

You can click on the below image to access a PDF version of the letter:

Easy Read Translations:

Click on the below image for our Easy Read translation of the Human Rights Day letter:

Click on the below image for our Easy Read Press Statement:

Or watch our Easy Read video, produced with  All Wales People FirstInclusion NorthLearning Disability England and Warrington Speak Up: