Liberty and René Cassin joint statement on human rights

By Agencies
January 29, 2016

The Jewish human rights charity, René Cassin, and the civil liberties and human rights organisation Liberty have marked Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) by emphasising the link between the Holocaust and the development of safeguards to protect human rights.

Human rights laws developed as the civilised world’s response to the horrors of the Holocaust – a global voice saying ‘never again’. The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948. It was followed five years later by the Council of Europe’s European Convention on Human Rights, which was incorporated into UK law by the Human Rights Act 1998.

Now the government wants to put the clock back by repealing the Human Rights Act. This ignores the lessons of history, say the two organsations.

The Human Rights Act protects victims of crime, the wrongly accused, the disabled, the mistreated, and the elderly. Here in the UK, it has allowed countless people to pursue justice; it is an instrument that should be cherished, not diminished. Internationally, the government’s proposals are already having damaging effects:  back-tracking on rights here encourages less enlightened regimes throughout the world to do the same.

* Liberty https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/

* Renee Cassin http://www.renecassin.org/

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