Monday, 5 October 2009

A Conservative Vision of the Human Rights Act

The civil liberties group Liberty has published a pamphlet today on the Human Rights Act. The pamphlet is called Churchill's Legacy: The Conservative Case for the Human Rights Act. One of the authors and political commentator Peter Oborne commented in a Liberty press release:

"Like many Conservatives I was sceptical of the Human Rights Act – until I read it and started to think about it. It soon became clear that it was a near perfect expression of Tory values."

The Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights have been significant in the development of rights relating to sexuality and gender in the UK. The thirst for repealing the Human Rights has long puzzled me, given their increasingly 'progressive' views on ID cards, detention without trial and so on. This pamphlet rightly points to the Conservative origins of the Convention and this document is a welcome contribution to the debate. It comes as David Cameron re-stated in The Sun last Friday his commitment to scrapping the HRA.

The full pamphlet can be read here.

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