Call the UK to order in the name of democracy, human rights and the rule of law

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As a member of the Council of Europe, the United Kingdom has an obligation to meet the standards set by the European Convention on Human Rights, whether or not it is also a member of the European Union.

If the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes good his threat "to take the UK out of the EU without a deal if necessary" it will be at the cost of numerous breaches of human rights.

These may include:

  • breaking the rule of law
  • restricting the supply of medicines for life-threatening conditions
  • breaching the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland
  • depriving the children of EU citizens of rights
  • creating serious food shortages for vulnerable people
  • removing voting rights from EU citizens
  • restricting the rights of migrants and refugees

In a statement on 9 Sep, Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International said:

"Government reassurances to date have simply not been good enough. Deal or no deal, Brexit poses serious human rights concerns to UK residents."

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is an international human rights treaty between the 47 states that are members of the Council of Europe (CoE) - not to be confused with the European Union.

The United Kingdom was the first nation to ratify the convention in March, 1951.

We are a group of civil rights activists in Europe.

Our concern is that a Prime Minister and a Government that is capable of taking Britain out of the European Union without a deal, is more than capable of removing the UK from the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights.

That is why we are asking the Council of Europe to call the UK to order.

It is vital that UK citizens are reminded of the vital role the Council of Europe plays in safeguarding democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Europe.

By signing this petition, you are raising the alarm with the Council of Europe about current and future breaches to the ECHR in the UK.

You are sending a message to the UK government that it will not be allowed to get away with extreme abuses of democratic freedoms.

Roger Casale, Founder and CEO of New Europeans said:

"We call on all who care about  democracy in Europe to stand with us. It's time to show solidarity with the fight to defend democracy in Britain."

Iris Hilker, a volunteer with Pulse of Europe in Aachen said:

 “I call on the citizens of Europe to please not forget our friends and neighbours in Britain. Stand up with them for their rights and freedoms."

Raffaella Bolini, a civil society leader in Italy, said:

“I am really worried, seeing the civil rights issues at stake in the UK and the implications for Europe." 

Dominik Kirchdorfer, President of the European Future Forum said:

"The UK once was a beacon of democracy and rationalism. In recent years it has descended into chaos and utter political madness."

Jean-Marc Roirant, President of the European Civic Forum said:

"It would be inconceivable to have the UK opting out of the ECHR or even questioning its full compliance to its rulings."