Universal human rights, agreed the world over, draw a line which says never again will any government have the power to say who counts and who doesn’t.  Our Human Rights Act makes universal human rights law here at home, by “bringing home” the 16 freedoms we helped draft in the European Convention on Human Rights after the horrors of World War II.

Our Human Rights Act protects everyone’s rights to life, to not be treated inhumanely, to liberty, freedom of expression and fair trial.

After the Holocaust the world community had witnessed what happened when governments get to pick and choose who has rights. Universal human rights, agreed the world over, draw a line which says never again will any government have the power to say who counts and who doesn’t.  Challenging as that idea might be, this means human rights are not a privilege or within the gift of governments; they are the basic minimums every person should have, and which governments are responsible for upholding.