09 December 2014
We Need Human Rights
With Human Rights Day upon us tomorrow, now is a good time to reflect on the basic legal rights and freedoms everyone deserves whether they are in Manchester or Mogadishu.
The myth-making around human rights has grown to a crescendo, and it threatens to erode those vital protections for all of us.
With a growing anti-EU sentiment and Conservative plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, now is the time for parliament to think long and hard about the implications of promises made pre-election.
We must never forget where the backbone of modern human rights evolved. It was in the immediate shadows of the atrocities of the Second World War.
We use human rights legislation to protect society’s most vulnerable people including children, victims of sexual assault, the disabled, the elderly and even our soldiers returning from war zones.
Some might believe scrapping the Human Rights Act would mean wrestling powers back to Britain. They would be wrong. The Human Rights Act expressly preserves parliamentary sovereignty.
The Human Rights Act is not perfect, legislation rarely is. But it has made a positive impact on many people’s lives.
For assistance call the Human Rights Solicitors at Slater and Gordon UK on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help you.
10 December was proclaimed as Human Rights Day in 1950 by the UN General Assembly. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account."