Human Rights

I am really proud of the last Labour Government for having put the Human Rights Act on the statute book, and we must defend the Act from those who would scrap it.  I think it was a great step forward to enable people in the UK to uphold their rights using the Act and it is an important part of check and balance within our democratic system.

Turning to the rest of the world, as you know we have the equivalent of the HRA in the form of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which amongst other things prohibits torture.  Torture is an abomination, but the problem is that in many countries these rights do not apply because of what governments do, civil war and other types of conflict.  For me, therefore, the great challenge we face as a world is to find the means to ensure that these rights are upheld.  We need the United Nations to do the job we set it up to do at the end of the Second World War.

Hilary Benn

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