Marking the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights our bulletin features an article from Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director, British Institute of Human Rights.
JUST West Yorkshire signed the BIHR’s open letter ‘Six Decades of Human Rights Support ‘ along with 60 other UK organisations. Read the letter here.
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60 years of human rights should be cause for celebration not silence
As powerful politicians and sections of the media wrangle over human rights, BIHR and others are more interested in having a genuine informed debate. We need balanced debate, which includes the voices of people who work to put human rights into practice, instead of simply resorting to easy rhetoric or dismissing human rights as an inconvenience rather than a cornerstone of our democracy.
At a conference today on 60 years of the ECHR, Sir Nicolas Bratza, our President, will deliver a keynote address calling for an end to the tarnishing of the UK’s human rights legacy. He will argue that we must rekindle the fire for the Human Rights Act, and for keeping the UK within the ECHR – a task, which although not easy, must be undertaken. BIHR couldn’t agree more. We should be proud to live in a country that played a central role in setting up the ECHR system.
Now is not the time to go backwards. BIHR will be here helping people across the country to get to grips with these debates, making sure we all know that human rights are not a remote or technical subject, but one that matters to us all. Wherever we go in the country we’re met with a real appetite to learn about human rights and what they mean. If you want to find out more join us on our 17-stop Human Rights Tour, we’ll be in York on the 3rd October!
Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director, British Institute of Human Rights