Submission to the UK Government’s Consultation on Reform of the Human Rights Act 1998

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Consultation ResponsesMarch 9th, 2022

Bevan Foundation responses to planned reforms to the Human Rights Act

The UK Government is consulting on possible reforms to the Human Rights Act. The Bevan Foundation has submitted its response, highlighting concerns that:
  • the introduction of the criterion that an human rights violation must cause serious harm before it can be considered in court implies that it is acceptable to infringe rights in a minor way;
  • the lack of clarity over how the proposed reforms relate to the Welsh Government’s obligations to Human Rights 
  • the weighting of some rights as more important than others has no foundation and risks undermining some rights e.g. those in respect of children
  • the introduction of moral character as a determinant of qualification for some rights implies not everyone is equal before the law and that human rights are universal.
The full response is available below.



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