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Human rights laws protect us all. Now they are under threat

A government-sponsored review is the latest sign the Human Rights Act is in danger

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos  

Photo: Gary Lucken / Alamy Stock Photo

Seasoned human rights experts and commentators will be well aware of the political attacks that Conservative governments have directed, for the last ten years at least, at the Human Rights Act (HRA) and the operation in the UK of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which the HRA incorporates into our law. The Conservatives threatened to “scrap the Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights” in David Cameron’s 2015 election manifesto. They reluctantly committed, with Theresa May’s 2017 manifesto, to remaining signatories to the ECHR, but only while the process of Brexit was underway and…

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