General Election 2019: A Human Rights to-do list

As our new government takes office, we are calling on them to uphold and protect the UK’s commitment to human rights. Here are just some of the things we will be working with MPs from all parties to solve, because when we all act, humanity wins.

Keep women safe

The government has committed to bringing in a Domestic Abuse Bill and we are looking forward to working together to ensure this bill protects the most vulnerable women. Currently migrant women are unable to access lifesaving refuges and the support they need and 92% report being threatened with deportation by their abuser. All women must be able to access the specialist services they need in a safe environment and free from discrimination. Find out more

Keep the Human Rights Act

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

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

Reunite families

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

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

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General Election 2019 - A Human Rights Manifesto