EHRC writes to Conservatives asking that they drop any manifesto plan to withdraw from European Convention

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to the Conservative Party saying that they were surprised to read reports that consideration is being given to a 2020 Conservative Party manifesto pledge to remove the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights.

The EHRC state:

“As the statutory body with duties to protect and promote human rights in Great Britain, and an A status United Nations Human Rights Institution, the Commission would be strongly opposed to such a proposal.

Withdrawal from the ECHR would undermine the domestic protection of human rights, the international system of human rights – which itself benefits the UK – and the place of the UK as a leader on the world stage.”