The Human Rights Act & Winston Churchill

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“The Human Rights Act and the European Court of Human Rights are not some piffling pieces of legislation, dreamt up by bureaucrats in Brussels to tie us in red tape. These are British rights, drafted by British lawyers forged in the aftermath of the atrocities of the Second World War and fought for by Winston Churchill. They are designed to place public authorities in the UK under a strict, non-negotiable obligation to treat people with fairness, equality and dignity. Frequently they have been all that has stood in the way of injustice, most usually inflicted on the individual by an over-powerful state. Our HRA has already achieved so much. It’s held the state to account for spying on us, safeguarded our soldiers and supported peaceful protest. It’s helped rape victims, defended domestic violence victims and guarded against slavery. It’s protected those in care, shielded press freedom and provided answers for grieving families” – Tom Brake MP