A not-for-profit organisation
committed to injured people
A not-for-profit organisation
committed to injured people

Human rights breaches should never be 'acceptable'

25 Jan 2023
APIL news

Ministers must listen to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ criticism of reforms to the Human Rights Act, APIL has warned.

In its report published today following legislative scrutiny of the Bill of Rights Bill, the joint committee urges the Government to either reconsider or remove a clause to introduce a ‘permission stage’ for human rights claims.

“In fact, reconsidering the clause is not enough, it must be scrapped,” said APIL president John McQuater.

“A permission stage would force claimants to show that they have suffered a ‘serious disadvantage’ before they can proceed,” he explained

“If the clause remains, it sends a clear message from the Government that some human rights breaches are acceptable. Human rights are universal, and no breach should ever be considered ‘acceptable’.

“The Human Rights Act is essential in delivering justice for those who rely on it as a route to redress, including bereaved families and people who have suffered sexual abuse, physical abuse, or serious neglect. Under the proposed legislation, they will have to jump through unreasonable hoops to have their cases heard.  There will be people whose human rights have been breached, but who will still be denied access to the courts,” Mr McQuater went on.

“As a whole, the Bill of Rights Bill undermines the UK’s commitment to the importance of human rights. Whether the Government is listening to the outpouring of opposition on all elements of the legislation remains to be seen. We live in hope,” he said.


Notes to editors:

  • The Bill of Rights Bill is awaiting a date for its second reading in the House of Commons.
  • APIL’s evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights is here: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/110863/pdf/
  • The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers is a not-for-profit organisation, formed by claimant lawyers, with a 30-year history of campaigning for changes in the law to help injured people gain the access to justice they need. Our vision is of a society without needless injury but, when people are injured, they receive the justice they need to rebuild their lives. Members include solicitors, barristers, legal executives and academics, all of whom are signed up to APIL’s code of conduct.
  • Direct any queries about this press release to APIL's communications manager Jane Hartwell on t: 07541 490988, e: [email protected], or APIL’s press and communications assistant Asher Mayers-Thompson on t: 07808 768623, e: [email protected]
  • Follow @APIL on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APIL

Past press releases

More past press releases

Head of Campaigns and Communications
Lorraine Gwinnutt
0115 943 5400
[email protected]

Communications Manager
Jane Hartwell
0115 943 5416
[email protected]

Press and Communications Officer
Julie Crouch
0115 943 5408
[email protected]

Communications Assistant
Zach Wheelhouse Steel
0115 943 5431
[email protected]