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To: Home Secretary Theresa May

Keep the UK in the ECHR

Keep the UK in the ECHR

Abandon discussion of the possibility of the UK leaving the European Convention on Human Rights and recognise the great advances that it has brought to Human Rights in the UK since its inception.

Why is this important?

The political conversation being had at the moment is skewed towards reducing, removing or abandoning key components of our Human Rights legislation and we disapprove of this.

It was a Conservative Party pledge to replace the UK Human Rights Act (1998) with a British Bill of Rights. The reasoning behind it was to reclaim sovereignty for the nation-state with regards to Human Rights. In doing so, all those concerned have shown a fundamental lack of knowledge about how the EU, the ECHR, and the British legal system, interface with one another.

Not only do we think the British Human Rights Act does a good job at protecting the British people's fundamental rights and liberties, we think the further guarantee of a European level is useful to ensure that human rights are respected and developed. To not be part of the ECHR would be to be in the same boat as Belarus, Europe's last formal dictatorship. Britain is greater than that.


Reasons for signing

  • With legal systems set up to favour the minority rich at the expense of the majority poor, one of the few things the ordinary folk in the street have is their human rights and fundamental freedoms - if they have the heart to stand up for them.
  • This right wing Parliament will abolish our rights very quickly after we leave the EU God help us.
  • This is desperately important on many levels.

Updates

2016-04-28 22:37:46 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-04-26 14:04:34 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-04-25 20:37:47 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-04-25 19:31:49 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-06-08 01:55:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-05-20 16:19:33 +0100

10 signatures reached