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Do we need a UK Bill of Rights?

MRN has submitted a response to the government consultation on whether the UK should adopt a UK Bill of Rights. We recommend that the plans for a fundamental revision of the current situation on human rights be abandoned in favour of renewed efforts to build consensus around the importance of the HRA in guaranteeing the fundamental rights of everyone – citizens and non-citizens alike – within the UK jurisdiction.

This consultation was issued by the Commission on a Bill of Rights, established by Government in March this year. Although the consultation did not put forward a detailed proposal on how this would be designed or would operate, it is broadly proposed that a new Bill of Rights could replace the Human Rights Act, incorporating the UK's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights within a UK-specific set of rights and liberties.

MRN's view, and that of others including the Equality and Diversity Forum, is that the Human Rights Act serves to protect the universal rights of non-citizens better than would be achieved by a new Bill of Rights. In our response to the consultation MRN argued that the Human Rights Act allows the judiciary to balance the interests of the individual against wider interests, ensuring that fair decisions are taken which are in alignment with European standards. Introduction of a new UK Bill of Rights could involve creating a new set of rights which, if recent statements by ministers are anything to go by, could involve reduced access to rights for some non-citizens.

You can download the full MRN reponse.

 

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Despite having Human Right in place,
I'm been detained in UKBA's detention from 13.3.2008 (IS 91 were made), thus nearly 4 years of my life at the prime of my life lost and taken away from me and my British children (born on 1995,1997 and 2000 in UK), growing up with out knowing me, breach of my children right.
I had ILR when I came to UK at the age of 13.
I was sent to prison for alledge Robbery in 2006, I been convicted wrongly and currently my criminal matter is been reopend by CCRC.
However I been kept in UKBA's detention till this day, nearly 4 years after I finish my sentence.
Surly Bill of right could not be any worse then this Human Right which is breached as much as UK like.
While bill of right will be made by UK so I presume it might be obeyed by UK...I don't dismiss the bill of right unless I see it.

The human rights have been trashed in this country by this government. The human rights are enshrined into U Law. The main reason why a UK Bill of Rights is being considered is because of all the cases the government have been loosing in the Law courts. The human rights are there to protect us all with freedoms and basic rights. This goverment quite miss guided in my opinion would like to remove the human rights so that they can dictate to us what they want without question or right of redress. unfortunatley we have a very poor record on human rights and yet we hear the PM trying to lecture other countries about their records on human rights. Families are split over rules introduced without thought. When an EU citizen has more rights in this country than it;s own citizens then it is time to put a stop to what this unelected government are doing. I am married to a Chinese national but due to these rules we live apart yet a eu citizen who lives and works in the UK has just married a Chinese national and has obtained residence permit for his newlymarried wife who does not speak a word on English. The whole issue of human rights and the EU should be looked at with common sense and compasion and not false promisess to the electorate in the hope of gaining votes for the next general election.

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