Human Rights Day: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister
posted by Jess Wynn
on 10th December 2017
Along with 140+ other organisations, we have signed to the Prime Minister Theresa May and to the heads of all political parties in the UK, urging them to protect our fundamental human rights, both now and for the future. See a copy of the letter below:
Dear Prime Minister,
Today, on Human Rights Day, we celebrate universal human rights. These freedoms, written down after World War II in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, have been brought home through the UK’s Human Rights Act and European laws.
We face great constitutional change and uncertainty as your government seeks to navigate taking the UK out of the EU. Now is the time to focus on securing the everyday rights of people across the country. Rather than tampering with our hard-won fundamental freedoms, whether in the Human Rights Act or EU Charter, these legal standards must endure now and post-Brexit.
We ask you to avoid isolation and division, committing instead to stand firm on universal human rights standards as the foundation of a forward-looking UK.