Happy international #HumanRightDay – Our Open Letter


Dear Party Leaders,

As we approach the 2019 General
Election we ask you to join us in
celebrating Human Rights Day by
committing to protecting universal
human rights in the UK.
Human rights, as universal standards
shared across the globe, were laid
down 71 years ago in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights,
inspiring law and positive action
across the world. Our very own law,
the Human Rights Act, draws on these
universal rights, setting legal standards
to protect people across the UK
whether they are in hospitals or
care homes, social services or
places of detention, housing
or schools.
Whatever the outcome
of Thursday’s election,
2020 will be an
important year for the
UK. Many decisions will
need to be made about
what sort of country we want
to be, going forward, and what
relationship people have with
those we place in power.
We ask you to stand firm on our
hard-won freedoms. We ask
you to stand firm on ensuring
that our Human Rights Act remains
an integral part not just of our
constitutional arrangements, but
also of people’s everyday lives,
enabling us all to live with equal
dignity and respect.
Yours sincerely,

British Institute of Human Rights

An open letter on
Human Rights Day.
Registered charity number 1101575

British Institute of
Human Rights; Action
on Elder Abuse; AdviceUK;
Advocacy Focus; Age Connects
Cardiff and the Vale; All Wales People
First; Alzheimer Scotland; Amnesty
International UK; Article 12 in Scotland;
Article 39; Asylum Link Merseyside;
AVA (Against Violence and Abuse); Bexley
Accessible Transport Scheme; BHA for Equality;
Birthrights; Bristol Mind; British Institute of
Learning Disabilities (BILD); Campaign for Freedom
of Information; Carers UK; Centre for Women’s
Justice; Changing Our Lives; Children in Scotland;
Children in Wales; Children’s Commissioner for Wales;
Children’s Rights Alliance for England; City Law School;
Clynfyw Care Farm; Coalition for Racial Equality
and Rights; Committee on the Administration of
Justice; Coram; Disability Rights UK; Disability Wales;
English PEN; Fair Trials; Fairness, Respect, Equality
Shropshire (FRESh) Ltd; Family Rights Group; Forces
Watch; Freedom from Torture; Friends, Families
and Travellers; Global Initiative to End All Corporal
Punishment of Children; Health and Social Care
Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE); Helen Bamber
Foundation; HIV Scotland; Humanists UK; INQUEST;
International Bar Association Human Rights Institute;
Just for Kids Law; JUSTICE; Law Centres Network;
Learning Disability England; Legal Aid Practitioners Group;
LGBT Foundation; Liberty; Mary Ward Legal Centre; Medical
Justice; Mencap Liverpool & Sefton; Migrants Organise; Mind;
n|compass Northwest; National Aids Trust; National Union
of Students (NUS); NDTi; nia; Older People’s Commissioner for
Wales; Prison Reform Trust; Public Law Project; Quakers in Britain;
Race on the Agenda; RAMFEL (Refugee & Migrant Forum of
Essex and London); RAY (Refugee Action York); Refugee
Council; Rene Cassin; Reporters Without Borders;
Restorative Justice for All; Rights of Women; RightsInfo;
Rights Watch (UK); Runnymede Trust; Scottish Legal Action
Group; SCVO Shared Lives Plus; SMK Law Solicitors;
Southall Black Sisters; Sue Ryder; Suffolk Law Centre;
Tai Pawb; The AIRE Centre; The Howard League for
Penal Reform; The IARS International Institute; TogetherScottish
Alliance for Children’s Rights; Tower Hamlets
Law Centre; UKLGIG; United Kingdom Homecare
Association; University of Roehampton; Unlock
Democracy; Welsh Women’s Aid; West Norfolk Disability
information Service (WNDiS); Wish: A voice for women’s
mental health; Women’s Resource Centre; York Human
Rights City Network; Yorkshire MESMAC Group of
Services; Young Legal
Aid Lawyers (YLAL);
Youth Access