Human Rights Act 1998

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response, if any, they have made to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in the light of his comments that moves to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 would set a very bad example for the rest of the world.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government has made no formal response to these comments. The UK has a proud tradition of respect for human rights which long pre-dates the Human Rights Act 1998. Our Bill will protect fundamental human rights, but also prevent their abuse and restore some common sense to the system. The Government will fully consult on our proposals before introducing legislation and we will set out our proposals in due course.

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