2023-01-25 06:50:42

Dominic Raabs Bill of Rights would weaken UK courts and should be scrapped, inquiry finds

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The Independent
By Lizzie Dearden

Dominic Raabs Bill of Rights would weaken UK courts and cause more cases to be decided in Strasbourg, an official inquiry has found.

Parliament's joint committee on human rights (JCHR) said the planned law should be scrapped after overwhelming opposition and inadequate justification for changes that would weaken everyones ability to enforce their fundamental freedoms.

A scathing report concluded: We do not think this is a Bill of Rights at all, and recommend that the title of the bill is changed accordingly.

The government should not proceed with this bill: it weakens rights protections, it undermines the universality of rights, it shows disregard for our international legal obligations, it creates legal uncertainty and hinders effective enforcement, it will lead to an increased caseload in Strasbourg and will damage our international reputation as guardians of human rights.

The proposed law, which would scrap and replace the Human Rights act, was presented to parliament last June but progress stalled following the meltdown of Boris Johnsons government.

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