The group remains concerned about current government plans and bills with a human rights element to them. There is a suggestion that the government continues work to undermine our Human Rights, and the right to protest on policy decisions being one aspect of that.
Reviews of the HRA and Judicial Review process are still continuing and nothing definite has been reported. The results are expected in the late summer.
A recent report by the EHRC tracker highlights a lack of UK government progress on human rights: It concludes that no progress has been made in the category of ‘political and civic participation, including political representation’ and its ‘equality and human rights legal framework’. This is due in part to the New Immigration Act, Police Crime Bill, the reviews of the Human Rights Act and the legal process of Judicial Review.
Common Sense: Conservative Thinking in a Post-Liberal Age.
Early in May a group of sixty Conservative backbench MP’s published a book outlining Conservative values and long-term policy for the party. Though not mainstream Conservative policy, the book provides a disturbing insight into core Conservative thinking. Among the policies proposed are the revoking the HRA, break-up of the BBC, taking on internet giants, scrapping the Supreme Court and defeating ‘woke-ism’. We have attempted to review one chapter by the Devizes MP Danny Kruger.
Webinar – Police Crime Bill
A short webinar organised by AI confirmed the position that: Losing the right to protest and therefore resist government policy will result in further UK Human Rights violations.
Besides the issue of restrictions concerning protesting, the webinar included discussion on crime, Roma communities, minorities, discrimination and police intimidation. Although participants emphasised the need for resistance to the Police Crime Bill no clear action was proposed.
In the Commons the Labour Party submitted amendments to the Police Crime Bill, particularly the deletions of sections concerning restrictions on protest. However, with a strong Conservative majority these amendments were defeated. Amendments to the Bill in the House of Lords are also likely to be rejected.
The group is maintaining a watching brief on these proposals and will consider campaigning actions when details are known.