Human Rights Act’s “importance to the Jewish community cannot be overstated”

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

René Cassin’s response to call for evidence by the Independent Human Rights Act Review

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The issues detailed provide examples of the importance of the Human Rights Act in improving people’s lives in the UK, particularly vulnerable groups such as refugees and asylum seekers, Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, people who have been trafficked and other minorities. However, the Human Rights Act is a safety net that protects us all.

It signifies the importance of enabling people to rely on a domestic safeguarding framework where they can raise legal claims in the UK under the Human Rights Act. Human rights are the essential tools that empower us to stand up to people in power, and to create a stronger, fairer, more compassionate UK.

Drawing on Jewish experience, we cannot support any attempt to weaken a framework that gives practical expression to the idea that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and receive equal access to justice. The Human Rights Act protects victims of crime, the wrongly accused, disabled people, the mistreated, and the elderly. It has allowed countless people to pursue justice here in the UK and is an instrument the values of which should be respected, not diminished.

Reducing human rights protection here would also serve to undermine human rights progress around the world and have worrying ramifications for vulnerable Jewish communities across Europe.

This is an issue that strikes at the heart of both our specifically Jewish and our universal sensibilities. In conclusion, the importance of the Human Rights Act to the Jewish community cannot be overstated.

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Read The Human Rights Act has a place in Jewish hearts René Cassin’s Debora Singer’s blog in Jewish News – 7 March 2021