Inclusion London’s Response to the Independent Human Rights Act Review

Read our response to the Government’s independent review of the Human Rights Act

Human Rights Act

The Government launched an independent review of the Human Rights Act (HRA) in December 2020 with a call for evidence in January 2021.

The review was launched to consider how the Human Rights Act is working in practice and whether any change is needed.

Inclusion London have submitted a response to the Independent Human Rights Act review.

You can read our key comments below and download a full copy of our report here:

Inclusion London response to Independent Human Rights Act Review.

Key Comments

  • Inclusion London believes that the Human Rights Act has been an essential tool for furthering the rights of Disabled people in the UK.
  • Inclusion London believes that the UK courts are not compelled to mirror the decisions and judgements of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and that there is ample evidence of UK courts deciding not to follow the decisions of the ECtHR in cases where they considered it was not appropriate for them to do so.
  • Inclusion London believes that there are certain “controversial” issues, such as assisted suicide, where the ECtHR has abstained on making a judgement, leaving it to the discretion of member states to legislate on the issue.
  • Inclusion London believes that the Human Rights Act poses no threat to the UK constitution, and that Parliamentary sovereignty is respected both in the Human Rights Act and by the UK courts.
  • Inclusion London believes that Declarations of Incompatibility are an effective measure in the Human Rights Act and do not threaten Parliamentary sovereignty.
  • Inclusion London believes that there should be a mechanism by which remedial action has to be considered by the relevant member of the executive in a timely manner, and explanation given if remedial action is not taken.