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1/12 "The UK is performing worse than other wealthy countries in its respect for #CivilLiberties and #PoliticalFreedoms, according to new data for 2021 from @rightsmetrics."… Image
2/12 "@rightsmetrics is a global project that tracks #HumanR rights performance in 199 countries based on the opinions of human rights experts. Respect for freedom of association, opinion & expression in the UK has been declining from 2017 - 2021, according to experts."
3/12 "The tracker shows that the UK is performing less well than the other six countries included from [group of nations] the @OECD, including the United States and South Korea."
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I reacted strongly to the tweet pictured. Author is former Telegraph editor and Spectator writer. This is about our #ReproductiveRights Image
A tweet from the thread that made me remember many prior accusations of hysteria, calls for civility, and derisory denials.

Quoted was my response Image
This is an extract from the leaked Alito opinion. With additional quoted context from replies to a now deleted #RoeVWade tweet Image
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🧵: Some tips for building support for #humanrights based on five years of messaging workshops with activists around the world:
1/ Use values - always make an emotional, moral case for HR, not just legal/political/rational (RoL, accountability etc). "We are all human" "We treat each other the way we want to be treated"
2/ Empower - talk about HR as something we do, not just something inherent or given/taken by govt, leaving us passive.

(this ground-breaking analysis comes from @anatosaurus…)
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The Government's plan to scrap the #HumanRightsAct and replace it with the #RightsRemovalBill is an unthinkable attack on each one of our rights to be treated fairly & with dignity and respect. 🧵
On #WindrushDay, it is an attack on Vernon Vanriel and Eunice Tumi. Vernon travelled to Jamaica and was denied re-entry into the UK, facing destitution as a result. Arguing that their human rights were breached, they were subsequently granted citizenship.…
It is an attack on people like Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll, whose council allocated Mr. Driscoll a spot in a care home, but not Mrs. Driscoll. They made arguments on the basis of their right to family life, and were eventually placed together in the same home.…
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As the Bill of Rights is due to be published, a piece I wrote when the latest #HRA review was announced.

“The championing of parliamentary control sits uncomfortably alongside this government’s consistent attempts to bypass scrutiny and accountability…”…
A reminder that the govt effectively ignored the IHRAR, the previously commissioned independent review of the #HumanRightsAct, which made clear there was no proper basis for the narrative that judges are out of control, nor that groundless human rights claims are proliferating.
Govt didn’t much like those conclusions & commissioned a new consultation for a Bill of Rights last December.

Some 12,483 individual responses were received in response to the consultation which ended on 7 March. They have not been published by the MoJ. h/t @BIHRhumanrights.
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1/8 The UK government plans to replace the #HumanRightsAct with a #BillofRights. The UK government wants to bypass full legislative scrutiny by Parliament. This is bad news.

@HRW today joined 150 organizations today asking the Justice Secretary to think again.

2/8 Our friends @libertyhq have shepherded more than 150 groups and individuals who lead on human rights in the UK, to say clearly -- in one voice -- to the government that a change that is so fundamental should not be rushed through without full scrutiny.…
3/8 The full letter text is here:…

The closing line puts it very clearly: "We urge the Government to respect the principles of our parliamentary democracy and subject the
proposed Bill of Rights to the pre-legislative scrutiny it clearly requires."
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MPs from across Parliament and 150 organisations demand full scrutiny of the Government's planned bill that will rip up our #HumanRightsAct

Gov's refusing.

What are they so afraid of?*…
*rhetorical question. We know it's any form of accountability.
The Government's plan to rip up our #HumanRightsAct is a power grab.

More power for them. Fewer rights for you.

Sign the petition to #SaveYourRights…
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rule breaking

rampant corruption in PPE contracts

entire Church of England condemning Nazi style deportations

Queens Council writing to PM demanding dialling down of rhetoric

tory cronies appointed to public bodies

upper house crammed with #Brexshit sycophants

=Germany 1938

Elections Bill

Policing Act

Right to Protest removed

Tory ex pat donations allowed from abroad

NHS reform Bill

Secrecy Act - journalists threatened with 14 yrs in prison for reporting negatively about tories

this govt is not conservative - I keep saying this!

it is a hard-right, nationalist, authoritarian dictatorship

now ministers are openly talking about expelling CofE bishops from the House of Lords for speaking out against Rwanda deportations Image
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The #ECHR protects everyone's rights.

It's not to do with the #EU, but it is essential to the #GoodFridayAgreement and part of the UK's constitution with the #HumanRightsAct.
The #HumanRightsAct is part of the UK Constitution, and brings protection to the most basic rights into UK law.
The brilliant @alicedonald (author of this explainer) pointed out a very important correction - there are only 46 members of the Council of Europe.

Russia was expelled (the first state to have been subject to this sanction) in 2022 following its invasion of Ukraine.
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"HM's government will play a leading role in defending democracy and freedom across the world".
HM's government will repeal the Human Rights Act.
#Queenspeech #HumanRights #HumanRightsAct
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The Govt have gone to the @coe and rightly pleaded with them to expel Russia, for gross human rights violations in Ukraine.
Yet the Govt has now also formally announced its plans to substitute the HRA with a UK Bill of Rights (and undermine the operation of the ECHR in the UK).
@coe 3. Contradictions and sheer hypocrisy from the Govt, Baroness @SarahLudford: "HMG will ensure the Constitution is defended". Defended against whom? The Judiciary, deploying human rights, to protect it?
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A short thread 🧵 about Samuel & Jacob's case, and the use of #restraint against children with autism, learning disabilities or #SEND.

The parents Annie & Mark aren't on Twitter but want to raise as much awareness as possible.
1. We brought a civil & #HumanRightsAct case against Kent County Council for the use of mechanical restraint chairs against Samuel & Jacob while they were at a specialist primary school for autistic children, Five Acre Woods School.
2. Sam & Jacob were active, sensory seeking children who loved climbing, running around & being outside. They were non-verbal & struggled to communicate. Here they are out walking with their dad, Mark, at the time they attended the school (all photos used with permission).
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Pleased to speak to @bbcsoutheast about the experiences of my clients Sam & Jacob who were subjected to mechanical restraints at an autism specialist school.

Story here from 1:17…

Mechanical restraint chairs used in this manner are inhumane, degrading & traumatic for children.


Fully support #harryslaw
Kent County Council admitted it failed to consider less restrictive options than #restraint.

The boys received an apology & £40,000 damages each for false imprisonment and pain and suffering.

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So firstly, a minute to reflect on the sheer bloody marvellousness of this. Coming so soon after consultations on the #HumanRightsAct and Official Secrets Act it's easy to feel cynical + sceptical about the govt's intentions. But this is misplaced here…
This follows years of campaigning and the powerful advocacy of SLAPP victims such as @CatherineBelton and @tomburgis. It follows MPs seeing first-hand how SLAPPs can target ANYONE who works to hold power to account - even, in the case of @CharlotteLeslie, their fellow MPs.
Of course, it also follows the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a growing appreciation of how SLAPPs block efforts to expose kleptocracy. It follows the #MeToo movement and the systematic efforts to silence victims through the courts. It follows Jimmy Saville, Harvey Weinstein...
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In the last 24 hours, 3 horrendous cases of institutional racism have come to light 🧵
A young Black schoolgirl, #ChildQ, was taken out of an exam to be strip searched - without any adult supervision from her guardians - on suspicion of possessing cannabis, which she did not.

She was then sent back into her exam, traumatised and shaken.…
A report from prestigious @RoySocChem today shows that racism is 'pervasive' in chemical sciences.

Robert Mokaya, the ONLY Black professor in 575 chemistry professors across the UK, has been rejected for research funding for 15 years.…
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The consultation on Gov's 'overhaul' of the #HumanRightsAct closed yesterday (if you need easy read or audio, deadline is 19 April).

A quick look around shows:

1⃣lots of love for the HRA

2⃣a clear rejection of Gov's attempts to weaken rights to make itself untouchable

First up, our own response...

"Our starting point is that we dispute the premise underlying the exercise."

It doesn't get any better for Gov from there tbh
A superb thread from @JUSTICEhq (consultation response at the end)

"The HRA is a well-crafted, delicately balanced piece of legislation... the Government’s Consultation lacks any evidential basis to support reforms"
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On the day the Government's #HumanRightsAct consultation closes, new polling shows the public reject Gov's agenda of attempting to make itself untouchable. A graphic showing new polling carried out by Liberty on top A graphic displaying text on top of an image of the Prime Mi
The Government wants to rip up our #HumanRightsAct.

The only people who benefit from weakening rights are those in power - and that's a Gov that's also:

🔘making it harder to challenge it in court
🔘criminalising protest
🔘stopping people voting
🔘dodging scrutiny from MPs
Gov's agenda: stop people challenging it and rewrite the rules to make itself untouchable.

But new polling from @nfp_Research shows:

81% of people say governments must not make themselves unaccountable

80% say people should be able to stand up to power and challenge injustice
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The Government's consultation on its proposed 'overhaul' of our #HumanRightsAct closes tomorrow.

This isn’t a plan to improve the system.

It’s an attempt to weaken everyone's human rights and hide from accountability for their actions.


In a functioning democracy, people must be able to hold the powerful to account.

The #HumanRightsAct enables everyone in the UK to do just that and stand up for our rights when public authorities – like Gov + local councils – fall short.
The #HumanRightsAct protects us from misuse of power no matter who we are.

And it's helped bring a culture of respecting human rights into hospitals, schools, care homes, and housing associations – changing the way thousands of people are treated and supported.
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If you’re not, you ought to be. The Government have published a proposal on how they want to reform the Human Rights Act into a Bill of Rights.


Well as you can see in the infographic below there are a number of key concerns. Each one is a problem on their own but combined it makes for pretty chilling reading.


The Government are running a consultation at the moment to garner responses to their document.

Save Our Rights UK has created a guide on responding to the consultation which you can find here -…

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#2021RoundUp 🧵

We’re looking back on 2021 - the challenges and the losses, as well as the strength and determination of our incredible coalition and the power of the wins we've achieved together for survivors of violence against women and girls ⬇️
Sarah Everard. Bibaa Henry. Nicole Smallman. Sabina Nessa. Countless others.

2021 took a heavy toll. United in grief and rage, we took to the streets in remembrance, demanding change and propelling a national conversation about violence against women on a level never seen before
Although our landmark case against the CPS came to an end, we continue our fight for #RapeJusticeNow.

We may not have won in court, but by rallying together with thousands of incredible survivors, we put rape on the agenda like never before Donations from supporters w...
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We've been sounding the alarm for years: "they're coming for the Human Rights Act".
They're now here 👇
2. Through scholarly analysis and law-in-action evidence, human rights scholars and commentators have shown what the HRA has done for the UK (and warned about this day) 👇
@conorgearty @colmocinneide @LioraLazarus @davidallengreen @AdamWagner1 @dzehtsiarou @JoshuaRozenberg ...
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A word from our Trustee Imran Khan QC. On the importance of our #HumanRightsAct inside AND outside the courtroom! Image
First speaker up is Mandy from @Warrspeakup talking about the work they have done with BIHR to support self-advocates to know and use human rights Image
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“A big step towards authoritarianism” @GeorgeMonbiot

The govt are excluding debate on new anti-protest laws

The entire Lords committee stage debate on new clauses was crammed into one late night

The Commons have been excluded & the Lords marginalised
“This is proper police state stuff”

Priti Patel shoved 18 extra pages into the #PolicingBill after it had passed through the Commons & the Lords in a ploy to avoid effective parliamentary scrutiny

@GeorgeMonbiot decries the lack of media & public outcry.…
The deeply-authoritarian #PolicingBill hands police vast new powers to fine, remove or arrest ordinary people who simply wish to peacefully protest

@Femi_Sorry explains👇

@pritipatel’s new amendments contain new powers to ban named people from protesting
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'the story ... is how “trans activists” and their “allies” have actively prevented FiLiA from doing grassroots work to benefit the #women and #girls of #Portsmouth - with the complicity of local institutions and elected representatives.'


'A year-long series, which FiLiA was due to run alongside the Play Youth Community youth groups within @portsmouthtoday , working with #girls excluded or at risk of being excluded from school was #cancelled.'


'The @BritishRedCross individual refused to share details of the events with local #women and lobbied other service providers to also boycott them, again based on spurious accusations of “#transphobia”.'

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