The Labour Campaign for Human Rights is asking individuals and organisations with an interest in the debate around the Human Rights Act (HRA) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to submit their ideas and recommendations for how the Labour Party can best defend the HRA and ECHR at the next election.
These submissions can be in the form of existing publications or briefings that cover some or all of the questions. Alternatively, you can answer the following questions directly. If you are answering directly, we are looking for concise responses of no more than a page for each question. Answers shorter than this are also welcome.
You do not have to answer all of the questions. You can focus on only one or a few questions if you wish.
Your answers will be crucial in informing our policy recommendations to the Labour Party. Your answers will not be made available to the public. The questions can be viewed below and answered here. Please return your completed sheet or send publications/briefings to [email protected]
The deadline for answers is Friday 30 May.
1. Do you think there is any room for reform of (a) the HRA, (b) the ECHR, (c) and/or the European Court of Human Rights that would improve them and strengthen the case for their retention? If so, what kind of reform would you suggest?
2. What do you think is the best way to win public support for the HRA/ECHR? How can we make human rights more appealing to people?
3. Do you think there is a case for introducing a British Bill of Rights? If so, what form could this take? If not, you are welcome to explain why not.
4. How has the HRA/ECHR affected you or your members? Please give examples.
5. What role, if any, do you see for the EU in the debate on human rights (in particular the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights)?