11 Mar Government Consultation on Changes to the Human Rights Act: DPG Response
The UK government are consulting on replacing the Human Rights Act 1998 with a new “Bill of Rights”. We have responded to the consultation stressing the constitutional importance of universal rights protections and the dangers posed by the proposals, which would allow the government to limit or withdraw rights in potentially a wide range of different areas. We are very concerned about this. Rights are not truly rights unless they are universal in application and enforcement. Our clients would be disadvantaged if these changes were enacted. We believe that the impact would be felt hardest by minority ethnic groups and other groups with protected equality characteristics. For all of these reasons we oppose the reforms.