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How you can get involved with the Human Rights Act consultation before 8th March 2022

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You might already know about the UK Government’s plans to change Human Rights Law?

We’ve talked about it a lot lately because human rights are so important for everyone.

The UK Government want to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a UK Bill of Rights instead. 

The consultation for the change started on December 16th last year but they have not made an easy read version. Last week they published a version and called it easy read but…

  • there are no pictures, 
  • it does not cover all of the full consultation 
  • and the questions are still too complicated.

You can view it here ISL249 21 Human Rights words only (publishing.service.gov.uk)

What are we doing about this?

We have used what you have told us to fill in All Wales People First’s response to the consultation

We have written a joint letter with lots of other organisations to the Joint Committee on Human rights in UK Parliament. The letter explains that the consultation is not accessible for people with learning disabilities and that is not ok.

AWPF and other organisations have supported Pembrokeshire People First’s letter to Dominic Raab about the “unlawful” consultation. You can read more about the letter here

https://www.bihr.org.uk/News/pembrokeshire-people-firsts-letter

What can you do about this?

You can reply to the consultation yourself.

Here is the consultation document

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/human-rights-act-reform-a-modern-bill-of-rights

The British Institute of Human Rights has done a helpful guide on how to reply to the consultation

https://www.bihr.org.uk/human-rights-act-reform

https://www.bihr.org.uk/human-rights-act-reform-question-by-question-guide

You can ask your MP to let the Ministry of Justice know that their consultation does not include people with learning disabilities as fully and equally as non-disabled people.

You can use these letters to send to your MP.

Remember to add your name and your MP’s name to this letter

Send this letter along with the other letter. You do not need to add anything to this one.

You can find out who your MP is and how to contact them here

 WriteToThem – Email your Councillor, MP, MSP, MS, MLA or London Assembly Member for free

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