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The Bill of Rights - Rights Removal Bill Detailed Analysis

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the Government’s plans to fully repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replace it with a new ‘Bill of Rights’ bill (BORB).

The BORB would be a hugely regressive step for the protection of human rights in the UK. Amnesty International urges all MPs to oppose the Bill of Rights Bill in its entirety. It is a deeply flawed piece of legislation.

This briefing provides more detailed discussion of key impacts and areas of particular concern within the BORB: 

  • The Interpretation of Convention Rights (Clause 3)
  • Repeal of Section 3 HRA Combined with Clauses 12 and 40 BORB
  • Positive Obligations (Clause 5)
  • Rights of Prisoners (Clause 6)
  • Proportionality Assessment (Clause 7)
  • Clause 8 & 20: Deportation Powers (Clauses 8 and 20)
  • New Stricter Permission Test (Clause 15)
  • Breaches of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (B/GFA)
  • Implications for devolution
  • Immunity for Overseas Military Operations (Clause 14)
  • Limitation to damages payments (Clause 18)
  • Interim measures from the European Court of Human Rights (Clause 24)
Amnesty International UK Briefing - Bill of Rights Detailed Analysis