Could the UK be doing more on human rights?

22 Sep, 2016 | Campaigns, International Advocacy, Latest, News, Press releases and statements, Protecting Human Rights in the UK

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René Cassin have submitted evidence to the UK’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. The UPR is a UN process that all 193 member countries go through every four and a half years to review their domestic human rights situation, and set recommendations for future progress. In our submission, René Cassin raised four main issues for the UK to focus on:

  • Preserving the Human Rights Act in its current form.
  • Addressing inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities.
  • Modifying immigration detention legislation which currently permits migrants to be detained indefinitely.
  • Continuing progress made in the area of Modern Day Slavery

René Cassin also proudly contributed to the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) civil society human rights check which submitted a comprehensive report taking into account over 175 civil society organisation’s submissions. The report shows that the UK Government has failed to fully meet 81 out of 85 recommendations made by the United Nations in 2012 to improve domestic human rights protections. 

Mia Hasenson-Gross commented:

“The UPR acts as a school report for the UK and we are pleased to have provided a Jewish voice into this process. There is work to be done and we should never take human rights for granted, we look forward to working with partners both within and outside the Jewish community to make sure that everybody in the UK enjoys their rights and protections.”

Read René Cassin’s submission here.



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