Tearing up the Human Rights Act would have ‘disastrous consequences’, including removing obligations to properly address violence against women and girls and destabilizing peace in Northern Ireland, warned more than 50 organizations.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Amnesty, Liberty, the UK Institute for Human Rights and others explained the ‘significant implications’ of the repeal of the law, which is expected to be announced in the Queen’s Speech Tuesday, requesting an urgent meeting. to discuss projects.
Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Amnesty International UK, said: “Ripping up the Human Rights Act will set off a Pandora’s Box with dire consequences for the UK and we are desperately urging the Prime Minister to reconsider his decision.
“Not only will the repeal of the Human Rights Act damage the UK’s international reputation, it will also undermine the global system of rights and protections and our ability to hold other countries to account, just at a time when we have never needed these protections more. ”
The signatories, which also include Stonewall, Friends of the Earth, End Violence Against Women Coalition and Freedom from Torture, express concern over the Prime Minister’s intention to remove obligations to protect certain rights. As an example of how abused women have been able to avail themselves of these obligations, they cite the successful judicial review brought under the law by two first victims of serial sex offender John Worboys against the police for his incapacity to properly investigate the black-cab driver, who then assaulted dozens of other women.
The letter states that since the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), achieved through the Human Rights Act, was an explicit commitment of the Friday Deal holy, changing the law risks breaching the Northern Ireland peace accord. It would also require a revision of the delicately balanced peace settlement on which it would be difficult to reach consensus, he adds.
Deshmukh said: ‘The Human Rights Act is the most important rights legislation in the UK and it plays an absolutely vital role in providing stability, justice and protection in the country and abroad. ‘foreign. Now is not the time to replace it with a watered down substitute.
The letter, shared with the Guardian, says repealing the law would have many “profound and very real consequences”. By claiming that the European Court of Human Rights is overstepping its legitimate role and that Parliament is demanding a “democratic shield” against unfavorable judgments in Strasbourg, the United Kingdom is following in the footsteps of countries with authoritarian leaders such as Russia, Hungary and Poland, that says.
The signatories write: “If the UK is serious about upholding human rights and international law, it cannot take action at home which undermines the most important international human rights machinery in its region.
A government spokesperson said: “Our proposals will strengthen quintessentially British human rights, such as freedom of expression, while remaining party to the ECHR. They will also prevent abuse of the system, add a healthy dose of common sense and restore Parliament’s legitimate role as the ultimate decision maker on laws impacting the British people.