Updated with Conservative Party publication (18 May 2017), Green Party publication (22 May 2017), and SNP & UKIP (31 May 2017). 

On 19 April 2017 Parliament voted to hold an early General Election in the UK on 8 June 2017, after Prime Minister Theresa May called for an election the previous day. You can read BIHR's response to the announcement here.

Since that date, political parties have been launching their Manifestos. Here is a round-up of what those parties have said so far regarding human rights and the Human Rights Act.


“The Conservatives threaten our Human Rights Act and may withdraw us from the European Convention of Human Rights. Labour will retain the Human Rights Act.” From page 80, read more: The Labour Party Manifesto 2017

Liberal Democrats

“Liberal Democrats believe that we should all be free from an overreaching state and that the individual freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act are central to a free and democratic society.” From ‘Rights’, read more: Liberal Democrat Manifesto 2017

Plaid Cymru

“We will publish a human rights charter for Wales to defend Welsh people against the backdrop of a Tory government intent on undermining the Human Rights Act.” From page 39, read more: Plaid Cymru Action Plan 2017

Conservative Party

"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." From page 37, read more: The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2017

Green Party

"Defend the Human Rights Act and UK membership of the European Convention on Human Rights, and reinstate funding for the Equality and Human Rights Commission." From page 21, read more: Green Guarantee 2017

Scottish National Party (SNP)

"SNP MPs will oppose any attempts by the UK government to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw the UK from the ECHR." From page 30, read more: Scottish National Party Manifesto 2017


"We stand by our 2015 Manifesto pledges to: Repeal Labour’s Human Rights legislation and remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights." From page 41, read more: UKIP 2017 General Election Manifesto.

To remind yourself on what the parties said in their 2015 Manifestos and in other statements about human rights, see our review of parties large and small here.

The right to vote is an important human right, protected by our Human Rights Act and forms a key part of our democratic tradition. You can register to vote here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - the deadline to register is Monday 22 May 2017.