On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the eve of the Brexit Withdrawal Deal vote in parliament, a letter urging the Prime Minister to safeguard human rights at home, has been issued by over 150 organisations from across the UK including Just Fair.
The signatories represent a wide range of organisations, including those working with new mothers, children, carers, people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health, women experiencing violence, migrants, older people, and groups campaigning for LGBTQ+ rights, fair trials, access to justice, decent housing and against racial discrimination.
Sanchita Hosali, Director of BIHR, said:
“The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that Magna Carta for all humankind, should be a cause for celebration in the UK. These hard-won and enduring freedoms, which have been brought home through our own Human Rights Act, provide protection for everyone here at home, That is why over 150 groups have joined together to urge the Prime Minister to stand with us and ensure our rights are secured. As we face significant uncertainty around Brexit, now is the time to safeguard our human rights, needed as much today as when the world community set them down 70 years ago.”
Koldo Casla, Just Fair Policy director said:
“Social rights have been part of Britain’s tradition for centuries and Brexit should not change that. Britain should commit to bring social rights home through a categorical legal and political commitment to social rights.”
You can find the full letter as well as the list of signatories here.