Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, responds the the Justice Secretary’s recent announcement that repeal of the Human Rights Act is still very much on the table:
‘René Cassin is concerned by the recent announcement made by the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, to repeal the Human Rights Act in favour of a British Bill of Rights. This step has the potential to undermine the basic human rights principle that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and receive equal access to justice.
The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), upon which the Human Rights Act is based, was Europe’s response to the horror of the Holocaust. These rights protect the vulnerable and the disadvantaged but ultimately benefit all of us.
René Cassin joins leaders and members within the Jewish community in saying that the Act ‘has allowed countless people to pursue justice here in the UK and is an instrument the values of which should be respected, not diminished.”