Reviews of the Human Rights Act In December 2020, the UK Government created an Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) This was set up following the Conservative party’s pledge to “relook” at the Human Rights Act 1998. The UK Government said the review was need to look at 20 years operation of the Human Rights Act, however it set down restricted terms of reference for the review. Therefore, when the Review launched a call for evidence it focused on narrow legal questions about the Human Rights Act in the courtrooms and the relationship with parliament. This does not reflect 20 years of the HRA’s operation. At BIHR, we wanted wanted to make sure that when the Panel reported back to the Government they would be able to reflect on the importance of how the Human Rights Act is used every day, outside of the courtrooms. Therefore, we produced a comprehensive report to the Panel, led by research with people, communities and frontline workers on their lived experience of the HRA. And to amplify this through the parallel inquiry being run by parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights. We also supported other individuals, groups and organisations throughout the UK to make their own submissions to the review and inquiry. We also worked with the Panel, an our colleagues at Liberty, to hear directly from people with lived experience through a specific roundtable discussion. What is the Human Rights Act, and why should we support it? Click the button below to find out all you need to know about the Human Rights Act, and why it matters, every day. Do you want to get involved in showing those in power why our Human Rights Act matters? Get involved in our new campaign!