“Drop plans to scrap the Human Rights Act”, says Steve McCabe MP

Steve McCabe MP has shown his support for the United Nations International Human Rights Day by calling upon the Government to drop their plans to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA).

The HRA, passed in 1998 with cross-party support, has come under threat following a manifesto commitment from the Conservative Party to “scrap the HRA, and introduce a British Bill of Rights” and Michael Gove is expected to publish a draft bill early next year.

International Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“The Human Rights Act protects the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, the right to freedom of speech, and many other crucial rights. In marking International Human Rights Day and pledging to fight against the Tory plans, it’s important to recognise how thousands of people across the country, from innocent victims of crime to people with a disability, rely on the Human Rights Act to protect them. That’s something we should be proud of, not something we should abandon.”

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