Conservatives pledge to scrap Human Rights Act

Last year Prime Minister David Cameroon announced to abolish the Human Rights Act 1988 and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights. The Conservative party unveiled their manifesto on the 14th April 2015 for the upcoming elections which confirmed their plan of scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a Bill of Rights.

The manifesto says that this would break the formal link between British courts and the European Court of Human Rights, and, as the Tories hope, make the Supreme Court the ‘ultimate arbiter’ of human rights matters in the UK.

Human rights campaigners and several prominent lawyers criticised and disapproved these proposals terming it as lack of understanding at centre of the Tory party human rights policy.

At Open Counsel, we have successfully represented many clients on the basis of the ECHR article 8 and family and private life in the immigration cases. Last month, barrister Ousman Noor represented a client Ms. F in the appeal and achieved a victory in the court hearing. Our client Ms. F applied for a leave to remain in the UK in August 2014 under the article 8 of ECHR, which was refused by the Home Office. Consequently, we appealed against the decision and it was listed for a hearing on 23rd January 2015 where not only did the judge allow her a right to remain but also decided to make a whole fee award.

Ms. F is one of the many thousand immigrants who depend upon the Human Right Act 1988 to safeguard their rights and avoid unjustifiably harsh consequences. We believe that the Conservatives’ plan to abolish the Human Rights Act 1988 is synonymous to curbing human rights and putting their life in danger.


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