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Joint Committee on Human Rights will hold the Government to account as it proceeds to “update” the Human Rights Act

11 March 2020

In the Conservative party's manifesto of December 2019, on which the current Government were elected, they committed to “update the Human Rights Act and administrative law to ensure that there is a proper balance between the rights of individuals, our vital national security and effective government.”

Chair's comments

The Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Harriet Harman MP, said:

"It is vital that, whatever changes are proposed, every individuals' human rights are protected under the law.

Parliament's Human Rights committee will look at how the Human Rights Act has worked since it was introduced in 1998, how the courts have interpreted human rights laws and how organisations, like the police, prisons and councils, have responded to the human rights framework and the work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.“

Further information

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