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This House Would Repeal The Human Rights Act
January 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm / 6:30 pm
The Manchester Debating Union are back with our first public debate of the semester!
The Human Rights Act (1998) entrenches the UKs relationship with the European Convention of Human Rights. Supporters of the HRA and the ECHR argue that they protect basic human rights and civil liberties, and prevent successive governments from ignoring these rights for political means. However they have come under criticism in recent years, both for being expensive and difficult to access for individuals, but it has also been accused of being overly political correct and ignoring the soverignty and will of the British parliament. Join us this week where we ask Manchester Debating Union ask: should we repeal the Human Rights Act?
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– Martin Howe QC
Former Conservative councillor and member of the Conservative Party’s Commission to create a Bill of Rights, Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice’s Courts and Sentencing Policy.
– Robert Broadhurst
Political author and adviser to a group of Conservative MPs on Europe. Author of a book on the UK’s human rights policy, available at www.makinghumanrightswork.org.uk
– Dr Elaine Dewhurst
Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.
– Tehmina Kazi
Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, featured writer in The Guardian and the Huffington Post.