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JCHR Chair says Queen's speech puts spotlight on government human rights record

14 October 2019

Chair's comments

Commenting on the Queen's Speech today, Harriet Harman MP, the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights said:

Today's Queen's Speech includes four bills which the Government must use to end human rights abuses that the recent work of the Joint Committee on Human Rights has highlighted: 

* The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill must end Human Rights abuses in immigration detention by making sure detention decisions are independently made and by introducing a time limit on the length of time immigration detainees can be held in detention.

* The Sentencing Bill must change the law to protect children from violations of their right to family life when their mother is imprisoned.

* The Trade Bill must require future trade agreements to include clauses which seek to protect human rights.

* The Health Service Safety Investigations Bill, along with the other proposed reforms to adult social care and the Mental Health Act should end the wrongful and damaging detention and abuse of children and young people with autism or learning difficulties which we have heard about during our ongoing inquiry.

When these bills are published the JCHR will look to see whether the Government has included such measures and if not will seek to take cross-party action in both the Commons and the Lords to amend the bills accordingly.

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