A number of organisations are speaking up for the importance of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. BIHR supports a number of charity and not-for-profit groups who support our legal protections via our Human Rights Alliance. Find out more here.

 

CRAE (The Child Rights Alliance England) together with it’s sister organisations Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights, and the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group  issued a joint statement on the importance of the Human Rights Act for children:

 "... As children’s rights alliances, which between us represent over 350 organisations across England, Wales and Scotland, we want to highlight how the Human Rights Act ...[is] critical to protecting and supporting the children we work with ... When children in care are the victims of abuse, an issue widely publicised in recent years, we can use the Human Rights Act 1998 to help ensure their safety... It’s terrifying for children when they witness or are accused of a crime. The Human Rights Act has ensured the criminal justice system is fairer so we can protect children caught up in these situations.”

Read more here.

 

Humanists UK works on behalf of non-religious people, campaigning for fairer society and secular state. They have produced a General Election scorecard, asking 10 key questions, one of which was about retaining the Human Rights Act.  

Download the scorecard here, and read more here.

 

Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organisation that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all. Their coverage of the General Election includes several posts about the importance of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK, including this post from David Mepham about how the Human Rights Act secured victory for the Hillsborough 96.

Read more here.

Just Fair advocates for economic and social rights in the UK, and believe in social justice through human rights. Just Fair have defined 10 priorities for protecting and promoting economic and social rights, and looked at the manifestos to assess the different pledges on economic & social rights against their 10 priorities.

Read more on Twitter

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Their manifesto for the 2017 General Election includes:

“Finally, the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 are vital laws that exist to safeguard all of our rights and ensure you are treated fairly and without prejudice. They are particularly important for people who may be more vulnerable. When they work as intended, they help make our shared values a reality – values like equality, dignity, justice and freedom. The next government needs to ensure that the human rights of people with mental health problems are protected by retaining the Human Rights Act and membership of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Read more here.

 

Rene Cassin works to promote and protect the universal rights of all people, drawing on Jewish experiences and values. They have produced 5 key asks of the next government, including protecting the Human Rights Act and commitment to the European Convention.

Read more here.

 

Stonewall works for acceptance without exception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Their manifesto for the 2017 General Election includes:

“Help us secure a commitment from the next UK government to:

keep the human rights act and the UK’s signature to the European Convention on Human Rights. These are vital to ensure the fundamental rights of every UK citizen are protected.”

Read more here.

 

UNA-UK works to build support for an effective United Nations with UK policy makers and the public. Their manifesto for the 2017 General Election includes:

 “Ensuring that our actions - at home and abroad - live up to our proud record in creating human rights laws and norms”

Read more here.