The Rights Removal Bill

Update October 2022

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss, the election of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and the re-instatement of Dominic Raab MP as Secretary of State for Justice, civil society organisations remain concerned about threats to the Human Rights Act. We are currently unsure as to whether the Rights Removal Bill might be re-introduced to Parliament.

Read more about this breaking story in this article from The Independent

Update September 2022

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the election of Prime Minister Liz Truss, the Rights Removal Bill has been halted. Little is known about the new leadership’s plans for the Human Rights Act, but civil society organisations are celebrating the delay.

Read more about this breaking story here

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The UK Government had previously introduced a British Bill of Rights, which if passed, would replace the Human Rights Act. The new bill was dubbed the Rights Removal Bill by civil society, because of concerns that it will lead to rights regression if passed.

Read the UK Government’s statement about the #RightsRemovalBill here

UK Parliament Joint Committee for Human Rights Response

  • The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee for Human Rights is carrying out legislative scrutiny of the so-called British Bill of Rights before its second reading in the House of Commons. They announced a Call for Evidence to help with this work, which closed on the 26th August 2022.
    Click here to read about the legislative scrutiny process, including upcoming oral evidence sessions
  • The Acting Chair of the Joint Committee has written to Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab MP, expressing their concern that the Bill does not reflect the outcomes of the Committee’s previous inquiry, and disregards the opinions of those who participated in a large-scale consultation about the Bill
    Click here to read the letter in full
  • The British Institute for Human Rights has published a briefing for the Committee, urging them to reject the new Bill.
    Click here to read the briefing

Scottish Government Response

Consortium Response to the Rights Removal Bill

Civil Society and SHRC Responses to the Rights Removal Bill

Consultation Responses to the Ministry of Justice on the proposed British Bill of Rights, March 2022

Blogs

Joint Committee for Human Rights Inquiry into Human Rights Reform: February 2022

The Convention

Reports and Briefings

Videos

Previous Human Rights Act Reform News

Independent Review of the Human Rights Act: Call for Evidence February 2021

Joint Committee for Human Rights Response to the Independent Review, March 2021

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