“No plans to withdraw” – Government response to our letter to PM re Human Rights Convention

René Cassin has received a reply to our open letter to Theresa May, urging her to abandon plans to include a UK withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the Conservative manifesto for the 2020 general election.

The Prime Minister passed our letter to Baroness Anelay, Foreign Office Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, whose reply states:

  • The Government has no plans to withdraw from the ECHR
  • The UK respects and seeks to bolster the rules based international system; we depend on its strength and integrity; and
  • The ECHR continues to be an important instrument to hold state parties to account for their protection of human rights and democratic freedoms, and the adherence to the rule of law

In response to Baroness Anelay’s letter, René Cassin’s Director, Mia Hasenson-Gross said:

“We welcome the current Government’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights. We are pleased that the Government acknowledges the UK’s dependency on the strength and integrity of the international system, of which the Convention is a key component. We hope that, to demonstrate its commitment to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the Conservative Party makes an explicit pledge to bolster the Convention in its manifesto for the 2020 election.”

Read Baroness Anelay’s letter in full here