U.K. Seen Seeking to Make State Less Accountable: FT

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FT: Plans by the government to overhaul flagship UK human rights legislation will make the state less accountable and amount to a power grab by ministers, according to lawyers, campaigners and charities.

Ministers are proposing to replace the 1998 Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged reform in the Conservative party’s 2019 election manifesto.

Dominic Raab, justice secretary and deputy prime minister, said in December the changes would reinforce parliament’s role as ultimate decision maker, and strengthen rights such as freedom of speech.

However, lawyers and campaign groups have expressed alarm at the proposals, saying the changes will limit the duties on public authorities to protect people’s human rights, and make it harder for individuals to bring court cases for alleged breaches.

“The government is introducing changes that would make the state less accountable,” said I Stephanie Boyce, president of the Law Society of England and Wales, which represents solicitors. “This undermines a crucial element of the rule of law, preventing people from challenging illegitimate uses of power.”

National Union of Journalists article:

Human Rights Act reform: why does it matter to journalists?

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