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Friday, 22 May 2015

Lib Dems launch campaign to stop the Tories abolishing the Human Rights Act

Before the general election the Liberal Democrats warned that if the Tories won a majority they would scrap the Human Rights Act. Now the Tories have set out plans to abolish the Human Rights Act in the first 100 days of this Parliament. The Human Rights Act protects basic human rights regardless of your gender, religion or background and ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.

Liberal Democrats say they believe in safeguarding the interests and rights of individuals. That's why they have launched a campaign to stop the Tories from abolishing the Human Rights Act. A Lib Dem Spokesperson commented: "If you want to protect the Human Rights Act, then add your name to our petition today."

The Human Rights Act gives people access to:
  • the right to life;
  • the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
  • the prohibition of slavery and forced labour;
  • the right to liberty and security of the person;
  • the right to a fair trial;
  • prohibition of punishment without law;
  • the right to respect for private and family life;
  • the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
  • the right to freedom of expression;
  • the right to freedom of assembly and association;
  • the right for men and women to marry and found a family;
  • the right to peaceful enjoyment of personal property;
  • the right to education;
  • the right to free elections;
  • and the prohibition of discrimination.