Slater and Gordon Lawyers recently supported the British Institute of Human Rights as they recently celebrated 15 years of the Human Rights Act.
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) launched their 15 Days of Action campaign on 2nd October to raise awareness about the positive changes brought by the Human Rights Act. Throughout this period, BIHR invited Slater and Gordon, among others, to guest blog about the positive changes the Human Rights Act has brought to the lives of ordinary people in the UK.
Why We Supported the Campaign
Slater and Gordon human rights lawyers have used the Human Rights Act over the years to protect and defend the rights of many vulnerable clients.
We were delighted that BIHR asked us to take part in the campaign, especially at a time when the very existence of the Human Rights Act is under threat.
In a guest blog entitled Why Slater and Gordon are Supporting the British Institute of Human Rights 15 Days of Action, we explained to readers a brief history of the Human Rights Act and how it has ensured that the fundamental rights we often take for granted are now enshrined in our domestic law.
Our second blog – How the Human Rights Act Protects Children – was a chance to raise awareness of how the Human Rights Act has protected the rights of some of the most vulnerable members of society. Since the Act’s implementation, all public bodies are under a positive duty to protect children and ensure their decisions do not breach a child’s human rights. This blog explores some examples of how the Act has protected vulnerable children, including those in care, those in prison and those who have been sexually abused.
In How the Human Rights Act Helps Vulnerable People Receiving Care, we looked at how the Act has protected the rights of elderly and disabled people, including those who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves. Public bodies making decisions about the care needs or best interests of these vulnerable people must exercise their duties with respect to the human rights of those they help.
With current government proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, the 15 Days of Action campaign came at a perfect time. Slater and Gordon were proud to stand up for the Human Rights Act alongside BIHR and to celebrate its 15th birthday by sharing some positive stories of how the Human Rights Act has helped ordinary people.