Don’t let Brexit destroy rights
This is one of our last chances to protect human rights in the UK before Brexit.
Theresa May has repeatedly said she does not see the value of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The prime minister wrongly wants to undo an agreement on peace in Europe which was originally envisioned by Britain in the wake of World War 2.
Brexit could take her one step closer to withdrawing the UK from Europe’s most important human rights treaty.
“If we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its court.”
Theresa May, April 2016
“Theresa May to fight 2020 election on plans to take Britain out of European Convention on Human Rights after Brexit is completed”
Daily Telegraph, December 2016
Membership of the ECHR has ensured UK citizens can challenge cover-ups like the Hillsborough tragedy, it protects people when things go wrong and they seek accountability for injustices.
With the rise of populist agendas across the continent, Theresa May’s plans could damage European peace and prosperity, triggering a domino effect of leaders across Europe abandoning human rights.
We need to make sure that the Brexit process does not make people poorer and weaker against the power of the state.
That’s why we need your help.
We want to take a delegation of civil society organisations and activists to Brussels to tell the EU they must protect human rights.
We need your support so we can lobby the most powerful decision makers in the EU to make Britain's membership of the ECHR a legally binding requirement for any future free trade deal with the UK. The rule of law and human rights are non-negotiable when new countries join the EU, they should be non-negotiable when countries leave and desire a free trade deal.
We will produce a comprehensive briefing for the EU and get into the heart of the EU Parliament and Commission to meet with decision-makers and persuade them that human rights should be part of any new UK-EU trade deal.
With your help, we can make this happen.
As you have no doubt heard, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced there will be a general election on Thursday, 8 June.
This election represents a fork in the road for Britain.
The country will decide whether we want to embrace international high standards of rights for all or whether we want to engage in a race to the bottom, dictated by grubby trade deals with foreign tyrants.
With your support, the They’re Your Rights campaign will work to ensure all parties make manifesto pledges committing the UK to remaining a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, our most important international law protecting fundamental rights.
Now more than ever, we need internationally recognised human rights standards to challenge our government.
Please consider donating and help us fight to ensure political parties commit to human rights at the General Election.
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All the best,
Just a quick update:
The actor and activist Samuel West has spoken out in our new video, below, on why the They’re Your Rights campaign is so important.
In May, we will present our ideas around trade and human rights at Think Anew, Act Anew, which will feature many prominent voices including Bob Geldof, Helena Kennedy, Anne Applebaum and Nick Clegg amongst others. More details about the event can be found here - www.theconvention.co.uk
For those who were unable to attend the launch of the They’re Your Rights report in February, you can now listen to a live podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/free-word/theyre-your-rights-fight-for-them-16022017
Thanks for your continued support and do contact us if you have questions or ideas.
All the best,
I don't understand politics at all but before reading this post I wasn't aware that our human rights were at risk of being taken away. I personally have the need for this human rights law to remain in place to avoid abuse and hardship from an injustice done to my family by the courts. I fully support what you're trying to do.
I cannot agree. This has divided the country, What worries me is how we demonise those who do not agree with us. I do not know why anti Brexteers voted and I am dismayed by the lack of understanding and appreciation of our constitutional democracy. We need to continue to campaign for the best, not just for ourselves but for the UK. I am with this campaign.
Please understand what democracy means. Just think if the british public had lost the vote, how much moaning do you think we would have done. We would have just put up with being out voted by the scaremongers. Just because you went along with project fear and all the lies, doesnt mean that wse have to keep listening to the minority.