UN to review Britain’s human rights record, mass surveillance & racial profiling

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‘A UN team will carry out a sweeping review of the UK’s commitment to human rights and investigate issues including the proposal to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) with a British Bill of Rights.

The UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will investigate the appropriateness of a Conservative manifesto pledge to scrap the act, after activists warned such a move would undermine citizens’ fundamental rights.

Justice Secretary Liz Truss confirmed in August 2016 that the government would pursue its plan to scrap the HRA.

“This would weaken the rights of everyone, meaning less protection against powerful interests. It would also limit human rights to only those cases the government considers ‘most serious,’” human rights group Liberty said in a statement at the time.’

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