General Election 2019: A Human Rights to-do list
When the ballot papers have been counted, the results declared and the tour buses safely parked up here are some of the things we look to working with our new crop of parliamentarians from all parties to solve, because when we all act, humanity wins.
Bring Nazanin Home
British mum, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been in prison in Iran since 2016. She was convicted of spying after an unfair trial. We will continue working with the new government to do all they can to bring Nazanin home and reunite her with her daughter and husband. Find out more
Children need their parents but right now in the UK refugee families are being kept apart. Child refugees should have the right to bring their parents and siblings to the UK so they can rebuild their lives here together. As part of a coalition of more than 50 organisations with backing from politicians across the political spectrum we are going to continue working towards changes to these unfair rules. Find out more
Keep women safe
Our last government proposed the Domestic Abuse Bill, a potentially trailblazing piece of legislation. However it ignored migrant women experiencing abuse. We want to see new laws which meet the needs of migrant women, because all survivors of domestic abuse must be able to access safety, regardless of their immigration status. Find out more
Defend the defenders
Human rights defenders, those who defend the rights of others, face unprecedented levels of repression and abuse around the world. They are the agents of change in their communities, and we would like them to receive strategic support from the UK including emergency protection, recognition and greater promotion. Find out more
Strengthen arms controls
Despite extensive evidence of serious human rights violations in Yemen, the UK has continued to supply billions of pounds of arms to the Saudi-led coalition. Thousands of civilians have been killed and injured in indiscriminate attacks and internationally banned cluster bombs have been used. It is time to stop arms exports that could be used to cause and facilitate war crimes and human rights abuses. Find out more
Oh… and the Human Rights Act is actually pretty great
The Human Rights Act has empowered individuals to speak up and challenge the authorities. People just like you have used it to help get the care they need to live in dignity; to keep living with their loved ones in old age and to fight for justice for their families. When things go wrong the Human Rights Act is there for you which is why we will be working with politicians to make sure it isn’t weakened or undermined. Find out more
Want to know what you can do?
During the general election campaign, we want our future MP’s to know that you want them to make human rights are a priority when they take office. You can help get your local candidates on board by emailing them now and ask them to stand up for human rights. Email your next MP