Human rights

Human Rights Act review – Law Society response

Law Society of England and Wales president David Greene said: “The Human Rights Act codifies and protects fundamental rights and freedoms and ensures everyone, no matter their wealth or status, can uphold those rights in UK courts.

“The rights enshrined in the Act are core to the UK’s identity as a democratic, fair and just nation. These core values will be front and centre for the panel whose job will be to ensure that they are not rolled back or compromised.

“Most of us will never have to resort to the Human Rights Act because the rights it protects are so embedded in our culture and legal system. But if a loved one’s rights, or our own, are overlooked or violated, then the Act is there to protect what we hold most dear – life, free speech and belief, privacy and family life, a fair trial.

“As the representative body for the largest branch of the legal profession, the Law Society looks forward to working with the panel on behalf of solicitors who represent clients from all walks of life. We are pleased to see our immediate past president Simon Davis has been invited to join that panel.

“Any review of the Human Rights Act would have implications for every single one of us. There is an opportunity to establish genuine public discourse and build long lasting consensus. We hope the panel will engage extensively with the public, as this will be crucial so that ordinary people are informed about what is at stake and can have their say.”

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