The future of human rights in Britain

This review has demonstrated that Britain has strong legislative and institutional structures which protect human rights, but that in certain areas changes to the law, institutional processes or the way services are delivered is required.

It demonstrates the practical impact of the Convention and the Human Rights Act (HRA) on the way we live our daily lives, and the protections they give us all.

Britain’s human rights framework has contributed much to the better working of government and the ability of citizens to protect their rights.

These conclusions are all the more pertinent given the changes the government wishes to introduce to the HRA and its views about the need for changes to the European Court of Human Rights. The review demonstrates that Britain’s human rights framework has contributed much to the better working of government and the ability of citizens to protect their rights.

We believe the HRA is essential for the protection of human rights and is well crafted to balance Britain’s international obligations with our constitutional conventions. It preserves parliamentary sovereignty, and allows our domestic courts to interpret Convention rights in a way that takes into account European Court of Human Rights' judgments, but is in keeping with our domestic law and traditions. As all public authorities have to comply with the Convention, it has improved transparency and accountability of government.

Our message is that government should ensure its legislation, institutions, policy and services meet the human rights obligations outlined by the Convention so that every person living in Britain enjoys all their human rights.

The Convention and the HRA are a firm foundation from which government and public authorities can begin to tackle the issues identified in this review. Our message is that government should ensure its legislation, institutions, policy and services meet the human rights obligations outlined by the Convention so that every person living in Britain enjoys all their human rights.

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