The Consortium has responded to a call for evidence from the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, which is conducting legislative scrutiny on the British Bill of Rights. This Bill is so regressive that civil society organisations across the UK have dubbed it the Rights Removal Bill, and we have written to the Committee to express our dismay at the UK Government’s plans to replace our Human Rights Act with this new legislation.
Our evidence submission examines specific clauses of the proposed new Bill, and highlights the negative impact each of these could have on human rights protection, by side-lining human rights, contradicting their universality and making it harder to hold the government to account on human rights violations. The Bill would also create legal uncertainty in Scotland, where the existing Human Rights Act plays an important role in our devolution settlement.
The call for evidence closed on the 26th August 2022. The Committee is now no longer accepting evidence, but you can read about the upcoming oral evidence sessions here.