Dyslexia Scotland says 'no' to the Rights Removal Bill

1 July 2022
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Dyslexia Scotland supports the Joint Statement on the UK Rights Removal Bill

Along with other organisations, Dyslexia Scotland has responded to the Human Rights Consortium Scotland to add our name to this statement on the UK Government's ‘Bill of Rights’ to Parliament. The Bill will scrap the Human Rights Act and will diminish human rights protections in law for all of us.This will particularly impact people whose rights are most at risk. 

"Our human rights are about the values we hold dear and the way we treat one another – they are about dignity, fairness, equality, tolerance, and respect. They are the foundations that help us live together freely and fairly - a safety net to protect us all.  We are therefore alarmed that the UK Government has introduced a Bill to Parliament which, if enacted, will repeal the Human Rights Act and will significantly diminish protection for human rights in law.

Our experience of working with individuals and communities across Scotland is that the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) is an essential protection for our human rights.  Indeed, many of our organisations submitted evidence to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act detailing the ways in which the HRA is working well. We also collectively gave many hours of our time to respond to the UK Government’s consultation on proposals for this Bill of Rights.  However, both the Panel’s recommendations and the consultation responses have been disregarded by the UK Government in the development of this Bill.

We are very concerned that there are many elements to this Bill that will significantly reduce human rights protection. These include, for example, restricting / narrowing our relationship with the European Court of Human Rights, lowering standards of protection, and making it harder for the court to protect us from serious and irreparable harm.

The rights removal bill will undermine all of our human rights and significantly impact the realisation of rights for individuals whose human rights are currently most at risk. The UK Government's proposals for reform are out of step with political and public opinion in Scotland. There is overwhelming support across Scotland to go forwards and not backwards on human rights, for a strong human rights legal framework and not one that is watered down.

We therefore strongly urge the UK Government to reconsider this Bill and instead, consider what can be done to better protect human rights for all in Scotland, and across the UK."

This statement is supported by the following organisations:

  • Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland
  • JustRight Scotland
  • Amnesty International
  • Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
  • Making Rights Real
  • Human Rights Consortium Scotland
  • Church of Scotland
  • Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities
  • Dyslexia Scotland