Now is the time to
make sure your voice
By the end of this year, the Commission on a UK Bill of Rights will report back to the government on whether the Human Rights Act should be scrapped and replaced with a Bill of Rights. Now is the time to make sure your voice is heard. Tell the Commission why you want to make sure the Human Rights Act is not put at risk by their actions.
Why the Human Rights Act matters
The Human Rights Act matters for two very important reasons:
At some point, we may all need protection. Sadly human rights abuses do occur here at home. In the last 12 months we have witnessed the cruelty of disabled people being violently abused in Winterbourne View. We have seen people young and old literally dying of dehydration in some of our hospitals. We have seen the police handcuff and bundle a young autistic lad at a swimming pool into a police van.
We all know we don't live in a perfect world, and the Human Rights Act isn't the answer to every problem, but the Human Rights Act does protect each and every one of us when the line is crossed by powerful officials.
It is about who we are. There is a lot of Human Rights Act bashing going on at the moment, often for no good reason. Such attacks on the Human Rights Act are not only an assault on the law, they are also an attack on our country's tradition of fair play and our belief in basic human dignity and justice for everyone, irrespective of status, wealth or background. The Human Rights Act is as British as the NHS.
When the country emerged from the horrors of World War II, we not only set up the NHS, we also played a leading role in drafting the human rights that are protected by the Human Rights Act.
Why your country needs you...
and why you need to #Act!
Add your voice and
don't let them get
away with it!
Some of our politicians and press have turned the Human Rights Act into a political football, kicking it about for political gain. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. After all, the point of the Human Rights Act is to make sure the government's power doesn't go too far and trample on our rights. You might not feel that you need protection. But at some point you might just need it, you could find yourself at the end of a very bad decision, or worse, abused. And don't we all want to live in a country where our government respects the law, where we are all treated with dignity and respect, where we have a Human Rights Act.
Human Rights can be a bit like good health. We don't know how much we appreciate it until its gone. So don't delay – Add your voice and don't let them get away with it!