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The sinister threat to human rights buried in the Conservative manifesto

The Tories’ latest pledge on the Human Rights Act is notable precisely for its attempt not to be  

By Hannah Copeland  

Boris Johnson brandishes the Conservative Party Manifesto. Photo: HUGO PHILPOTT/UPI/PA Images

If Stefan Enchelmaier, Professor of European Law at the University of Oxford, “almost missed” the mention of the Human Rights Act (HRA) in the latest Conservative manifesto, most people will have. That is probably the point.

Buried on page 48, the 2019 manifesto contains a single mention of the party’s pledge to “update” the 1998 HRA, which brings the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic law. It doesn’t specify what an update looks like, or when it will happen…

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