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Human Rights (Joint Committee)

Joint Select Committee

The Joint Committee on Human Rights consists of twelve members, appointed from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, to examine matters relating to human rights within the United Kingdom, as well as scrutinising every Government Bill for its compatibility with human rights.


For information about the work of committees before 2020 please go to inquiries before 2020 and publications before 2020. For information on former committees before 2020, please visit former committees.

Committee news

Co-habiting couples to be entitled to bereavement damages
Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes Draft Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020 report
18 May 2020
Impact of the coronavirus crisis on the human rights of autistic people: evidence session
Committee to take evidence on the impact that the coronavirus crisis has had on the human rights on those who have autism/learning disabilities
18 May 2020
Committee drafts Bill on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Contact Tracing App
Joint Human Rights Committee drafts Bill to protect personal privacy and calls on the Government to adopt it as a Bill and bring it to Parliament
15 May 2020
Report on the contact tracing app published
Joint Committee on Human Rights says a contact tracing app must not be released unless strong protections are in place
7 May 2020
Government response fails to recognise that you can’t leave it to the individual to protect their own privacy in the digital age
Committee publish Government response to report on the Right to Privacy and the Digital Revolution
1 May 2020
Information Commissioner questioned on contact tracing and right to privacy
Joint Committee on Human Rights hears from the Information Commissioner, academics and CEO of NHSX
30 April 2020
Joint Committee to question the Secretary of State for Justice on the human rights implications of the actions taken to tackle coronavirus
Questions will be put to Robert Buckland QC MP and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Team, Andrew Waldren
17 April 2020
Human Rights Act Remedial Order welcomed by Committee
Joint Committee on Human Rights welcomes the Government's Draft Human Rights Act (1998) Remedial Order 2019
20 March 2020
Draft Fatal Accidents Act Remedial Order: send us your views
Joint Committee on Human Rights invites submissions on draft extending bereavement damages
19 March 2020
COVID-19 response scrutinised to ensure human rights are upheld
Committee announces that it will scrutinise the Government’s COVID-19 response, including any legislation that the Government brings forward to contain and control the COVID-19 outbreak
19 March 2020
Changes to legislation will restore to certain Jobseekers Allowance claimants their right to a fair trial
Committee publish report on Draft Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Act 2013 (Remedial) Order 2019
13 March 2020
Priority bills for Joint Committee on Human Rights announced
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has selected seven priority Bills and proposed legislation for this parliamentary session
12 March 2020
Joint Committee on Human Rights will hold the Government to account as it proceeds to “update” the Human Rights Act
Any updates to the Human Rights Act promised by the Government will be looked over by JCHR
11 March 2020
Harriet Harman elected as Chair of Parliament’s Human Rights Committee
JCHR elects Harriet Harman MP as Chair of the Committee
5 March 2020
Joint Committee on Human Rights membership agreed
See the committee membership for Parliament 2019
2 March 2020
New Parliament 2019 - Joint Committee on Human Rights
Joint Committee on Human Rights will be reappointed when motions of nomination have been agreed
4 February 2020
General Election 2019
Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 6 November 2019, all select committees have ceased to exist
6 November 2019
Joint Committee on Human Rights membership at the end of Parliament 2017-19
View the membership of the Committee at the end of 2017-19 Parliament
5 November 2019
Right to privacy “may exist on paper” – but not in online “Wild West”, says JCHR
JCHR publish their report on digital privacy
3 November 2019
Human rights of many people with a learning disability and/or autism are being breached in mental health hospitals
Joint Committee on Human Rights publish their report on the detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism
1 November 2019
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