This House Would Repeal The Human Rights Act
29th January 2015 @ 5:00 pm / 6:30 pm
The Human Rights Act (1998) entrenches the UK’s relationship with the European Convention of Human Rights. Supporters of the HRA and the ECHR argue that they protect basic human rights and civil liberties, and prevent successive governments from ignoring these rights for political means. However they have come under criticism in recent years, both for being expensive and difficult to access for individuals, but it has also been accused of being overtly politically correct and ignoring the sovereignty and will of the British parliament. Join us this week where we ask Manchester Debating Union ask: should we repeal the Human Rights Act?
– Martin Howe QC
Former Conservative councillor and member of the Conservative Party’s Commission to create a Bill of Rights, Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice’s Courts and Sentencing Policy.
– Robert Broadhurst
Political author and adviser to a group of Conservative MPs on Europe.
– Dr Elaine Dewhurst
Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.
– Tehmina Kazi
Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, featured writer in The Guardian and the Huffington Post.