Tell the UK Bill of Rights Commission, 'We want our human rights defended and enhanced, not undermined'
  • Petitioned Commission on a Bill of Rights

This petition was delivered to:

Commission on a Bill of Rights

Tell the UK Bill of Rights Commission, 'We want our human rights defended and enhanced, not undermined'

    1. Helen Flynn
    2. Petition by

      Helen Flynn

      Belfast, United Kingdom

A UK Bill of Rights Commission set up by the coalition government is currently working to:-

‘investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extend our liberties.’

As part of their discussions the Commission have asked potentially worrying questions such as whether the Human Rights Act should be replaced, and has talked about models of a UK Bill of Rights that could, in effect, take the place of a distinct Northern Ireland Bill of Rights.

The Human Rights Act (HRA) incorporated the European Convention of Human Rights into domestic legislation in the UK as provided for in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The Agreement also provided for a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights which would outline rights supplementary to those in the European Convention on Human Rights, to reflect the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland.

Therefore the Human Rights Act was one of the fundamental human rights protections guaranteed in the Belfast/Good Friday Peace Agreement and a specific Northern Ireland Bill of Rights was the vehicle by which additional rights were to be developed for the people of Northern Ireland.

Any discussions by the Commission should recognise these two important facts and ensure that their recommendations do nothing to undermine existing human rights in the HRA or the long standing process of developing a distinct Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland that has widespread public support.

Please sign our petition to help defend and enhance human rights protections.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Thank you

      Helen Flynn
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everybody who signed our petition, and those who encouraged others to do so too. Your signatures, added to 900 others we received on our post cards campaign have now been sent to the UK Commission.

      If you want to keep in touch with the work of the Human Rights Consortium we are on facebook and twitter (billofrightsni). Thank you all once again.

      Helen Flynn

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Thank you

      Helen Flynn
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for signing, and for your wonderful comments. Please continue to spread this petition (http://chn.ge/Q6uC0g) through your networks so that we can send the Commission on a Bill of Rights a strong message: Human Rights; Defended and Enhanced, NOT Undermined.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • james Larkin NEWRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Everyone must have the same opportunities to contribute to society.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Bernie Kelly BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      it should be important to each and everyone of us

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Ceardha Morgan BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      It's common sense.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Greg Maher CARLOW, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      Everybody should have the right to make sure that their Human rights are not violated by any government policy or agency. Human rights is not a statement but a call to defend oneself from oppression.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • noreen sweeney LONDONDERRY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      it will keep NORTHERN IRELAND FOCUSSED.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.