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AIUK Submission to the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR)

AIUK's submission responding to the Call for Evidence by the government's Independent Review of the Human Rights Act

AIUK Submission to the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR)
What is the Human Rights Act?

What is the Human Rights Act?

The Human Rights Act brings home fundamental, universal rights we all have as human beings, and allows us to challenge authorities if they violate them.

If you’re lucky you won’t ever need to use it in a court. But it’s protecting you all the same.

It’s an invisible safety net for all of us, working quietly to ensure our rights are respected, and a crucial means of defence for the most vulnerable. 

UK: Stansted 15 appeal verdict a 'good day for justice'

Activists peacefully attempted to prevent the deportation of 60 people at Stansted Airport in 2017 © Kristian Buus

Activists peacefully attempted to prevent the deportation of 60 people at Stansted Airport in 2017 ‘The Stansted 15 will take their place in the history books as human rights defenders who bravely brought injustices perpetrated by the state into the light’ – Kate Allen Responding to news that the Stansted 15’s High Court appeal has been successful, Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said: “This is a good day for justice. “The Stansted 15 will take their place in the history books as human rights defenders who bravely brought injustices perpetrated by the state into the light.

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Nov 18 2020 12:03PM
5 things you need to know about the Overseas Operations Bill

Torture is never OK - but right now, the government is attempting to pass a Bill that would decriminalise torture and war crimes committed by British soldiers more than five years ago. But what is the Overseas Operations Bill?

Amnesty calls for Human Rights Act to be celebrated across UK to mark 20th anniversary

Amnesty International UK today called for the Human Rights Act to be celebrated all over the country to mark the 20th anniversary of the Act coming into force. The Act has been essential to the big justice fights of the last 20 years in the UK. It is the principal law protecting human rights in the UK and incorporates into UK law 16 rights from the European Convention of Human Rights – the treaty drafted after the Second World War as part of the promise of ‘never again’. From then on, successive governments committed to respect, protect and fulfil people’s fundamental rights in domestic courts

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May 1 2020 9:35AM
Discovering a New Planet - Bite Size Activity

Human rights belong to all of us. Write human rights laws for a new planet. You'll need​ A copy of the Human Rights Act​ - page 11, paper, pens and pencils ​What to do: ​ A new planet has been discovered. No humans have ever been to or...

Europe: Mass protests provide ‘ray of hope’ as human rights violations continue across region - new report

Protesters gathered in Bucharest to demand an independent justice system last year © AFP/Getty

Human rights defenders have been threatened, prosecuted, subjected to excessive use of force by police, and suffered discrimination at the hands of governments ‘The grassroots mobilisation of courageous people who dared to stand up and hold states accountable provides a ray of hope for the future’ - Marie Struthers Fundamental human rights continue to be disrespected and ignored by governments across Europe and Central Asia, Amnesty International said today as it published its annual review of the region. The organisation praised those brave people who took to the streets last year to defend

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Europe: People helping refugees and migrants risk assault and jail as authorities abuse anti-smuggling laws

Amnesty has documented how police and prosecutors are abusing already flawed anti-smuggling laws and counter-terrorism measures © © Richard Burton/Amnesty International

Major report exposes how people are harassed for offering clothes, shelter and saving lives British charity volunteer claims to have been assaulted by French police on way to migrant aid centre Amnesty is calling on EU and member states to amend laws to protect human rights defenders People in the UK and across Europe are being prosecuted and harassed for acts of compassion towards refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants - including the handing out of warm clothes, offering shelter, and saving lives at sea - Amnesty International said today. In a new report, Punishing compassion

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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.

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Celebrate our Human Rights: Spring Public Meetings

Celebrate human rights with Amnesty

This spring we will be celebrating our Human Rights together at Public Meetings in Birmingham, London, Liverpool and Manchester.

To mark the twentieth year of the Human Rights Act we’ll be hosting incredible speakers, including some of the ordinary people who have used the Act in their fight for justice.

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