Shiva Shadi – head of Employment – asks: Will the Tories reduce the Human Rights of British Residents?

The European Convention on Human Rights was developed by the UK and others following World War II.

In 1998, the Human Rights Act was established in order to enable access to human rights here in the UK instead of having to pursue them in the European Court of Human Rights.  It was to form the basis and ensure that basic human rights formed part of the Government’s decision making at national level as well as at local level.

The Human Rights Act contains sixteen rights, most of which we in the UK take for granted and as a given for example:

~ the right to life

~ the right to a fair trial

~ the right to respect for private and family life

~ the right to freedom of expression

~ the right to marry and find a family

~ the right to an education

~ the right to freedom of thought, conscious and religion

These duties when placed on public authorities are important so as to ensure legal accountability for decisions which are made that would affect the human rights of the citizens of the UK. However, this is now under threat as David Cameron has stated that he intends to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

The question is: What is the Tory Party hoping to achieve by repealing the Human Rights Act?

There is no doubt that asylum, immigration and counter-terrorism are part of the background to the proposed changes.

Whichever way we look at it, it will no doubt affect and limit future applications for foreigners to enter and work in the UK and possibly make it more difficult for employers to recruit lower paid skilled workers to fill skill shortages in the UK.

To learn more about Shiva and her work, please visit her profile.

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