Together endorses submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on '20 years of the Human Rights Act'
Date: 19th October 2018
Category: Other human rights treaties and mechanisms, Civil Rights and Freedoms
Together has supported a joint submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into the effectiveness of the Human Rights Act (1998).
Coordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), the submission focuses on how the Human Rights Act (1998) has impacted the ability of individuals to take cases to court to enforce their rights, the effectiveness of the duty on public officials, the creation of a human rights culture, how the Human Rights Act (1998) has impacted the relationship between Parliament and the courts, and current threats to the human rights framework.
To highlight the differing impact of the Human Rights Act (1998) in devolved countries, the submission notes the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and the Supreme Court case which found that information sharing provisions were not lawful as they lacked safeguards for examining whether this complied with children and young people’s right to private and family life.
Together is one of 40 civil society human rights organisations to have supported the submission.