Human Rights Day 2019

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 10th December 2019
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The ALLIANCE has joined more than 100 civil society organisations urging party leaders to commit to safeguarding human rights.

Tuesday 10 December is Human Rights Day.

On this day we celebrate universal human rights. These freedoms, written down after World War II in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, have been brought home through the UK’s Human Rights Act and European laws.

As this year Human Rights Day coincides with a General Election, the British Institute of Human Rights has sent a letter to all party leaders, calling on them to commit to safeguarding universal human rights. It has been signed by over 100 civil society groups, including the ALLIANCE.

The letter states;

“As we approach the 2019 General Election we ask you to join us in celebrating Human Rights Day by committing to protecting universal human rights in the UK.

Human rights, as universal standards shared across the globe, were laid down 71 years ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, inspiring law and positive action across the world. Our very own law, the Human Rights Act, draws on these universal rights, setting legal standards to protect people across the UK whether they are in hospitals or care homes, social services or places of detention, housing or schools.

Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s election, 2020 will be an important year for the UK. Many decisions will need to be made about what sort of country we want to be, going forward, and what relationship people have with those we place in power.

We ask you to stand firm on our hard-won freedoms. We ask you to stand firm on ensuring that our Human Rights Act remains an integral part not just of our constitutional arrangements , but also of people’s everyday lives, enabling us all to live with equal dignity and respect.”

For full details, visit the British Institute of Human Rights website (this link will take you way from our website).

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