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The UK Government has shelved the #RightsRemovalBill and we hope it does not return. The Bill seeks to alter the #HumanRightsAct in such a way that ordinary people would lose the power to challenge discrimination perpetrated by the state.…
The #HumanRightsAct gives everyone the power to take legal action against the police (demonstrated by the victims of the rapist John Worboys). The #RightsRemovalBill diminishes this power, & with it, the ability to effectively hold the police to account.…
The HRA also allows for 'religion' to be interpreted as 'religion or belief.' The non-religious (52% of UK population) can & do challenge discrimination on this basis. The #RightsRemovalBill strips this power of interpretation away, and with it our rights.…
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1/13: 🚨BREAKING NEWS: #LizTruss is the next #PrimeMinister. What could Truss's #HumanRights record mean for the future of the UK?…
2/13: "Truss has a track record of voting against human rights progression in the UK and as prime minister will make policy decisions that will radically change rights protections. The first targets? A new #BillOfRights and the European Convention on Human Rights (#ECHR)."
3/13: "One of Truss's most controversial votes has been against retaining the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as part of UK law following #Brexit. She remains a member of the Conservative government which proposes to repeal the #HumanRightsAct (#HRA)."
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The #HumanRightsAct gives everyone the power to take legal action against the police (demonstrated by the victims of the rapist John Worboys). The #RightsRemovalBill diminishes this power, & with it, the ability to effectively hold the police to account.…
Justice secretary Dominic Raab said: 'It is important that the police (and public authorities generally) are able to exercise their professional judgment in operational decision-making and the allocation of resources.'
'Licensing or promoting litigation against the police and other public services is not an effective means of ensuring accountability, but instead skews public attention, priorities and resources – decisions which should be taken by elected governments and MPs, not the courts.'
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The #RightsRemovalBill gets its 2nd reading on Monday the 12th of September.
This reduces our rights & allows the government to over rule the courts.
Please write to your MP to vote against it.…
Will you write to your MP to vote against the #RightsRemovalBill ,(Bill of rights bill)?
It would be mentioning my petition that has been signed by 230k people & has so far been ignored by the government.
Do not reform the Human Rights Act…
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REMEMBER THIS 👇 in upcoming debates, if YOUR representative says words to the effect of: "Oh no, we're not trying to destroy #HumanRights. We agree Human Rights are important - honest, guv! - we just don't like the UK #HumanRightsAct and/or the #EuropeanConvention (#ECHR)"...
Such claims are DEMONSTRABLY BULLSHIT if they come from the mouth of *anyone* who supports the position @CPhilpOfficial has espoused, which the @Telegraph has splashed on its front page...
To be clear, #Article4 of #UDHR 👇 (also #ECHR and #HRA) is explicit and unambiguous:

"NO ONE shall be held in #slavery or #servitude; slavery and the #slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms."

Not "British citizens"; not "lawful residents", or "people we like"... Article 1 All human beings are born free & equal in dignity
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It looks like no one has Tweeted this fir nearly 24 hours!
Do not reform the Human Rights Act…
The proposed Human Rights Act reforms must be withdrawn. The Government must not make any changes to the Human Rights Act, especially ones that dilute people's human rights in any circumstances, make the Government less accountable, or reduce people's ability to make HR claims.
The Human Rights Act as it exists currently protects all of us. We lose it at our peril. It is an essential law that allows us to challenge public authorities when they get it wrong and has helped secure justice on issues from the right to life to the right to free speech.
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@SuellaBraverman please confirm whether you support @DominicRaab's #rightsremovalbill or whether if you became PM you would leave the #humanrightsact in place?
Poll below to steer you.
Do you support the Bill of Rights Bill (#rightsremovalbill)
Another steer: my petition against @DominicRaab's #rightsremovalbill has 217k signatures, it is the biggest petition open now
Petition: Do not reform the Human Rights Act…
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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."…
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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My followers have dropped over the past few weeks.
I mainly Tweet to share petitions against authoritarian @GOVUK laws, so if you want to help increase my reach please follow me.
I got my HRA Petition to 200k signatures with only 10k followers, could we get to 1m if I had 50k?
Petition: Do not reform the Human Rights Act…
Petition: Remove the urgency procedure from the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act1984…
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Did you know the government managed to lock us down in 48 hours without parliamentary scrutiny because of section 45R of the Public Health Act?
They used the legislation 78 times in 2 years to take our #humanrights away.
If yes. Have you signed this?
Petition: Remove the urgency procedure from the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act1984…
If no, why not?
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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
video via sky news
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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