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Discussing the Human Rights Act

THE NUJ is holding two online events on the Human Rights Act and the first is on Thursday 27 January at 17:30.

The UK Government has launched a consultation to replace our Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. This has been described by lawyers, civil rights groups and opposition politicians as a blatant power grab with the aim of putting the government above the reach of the law.

The Human Rights Act contains 16 rights, including the right to freedom of expression, the right to assembly and association, the right to liberty, the right to be free from discrimination and the right to free elections. It puts a legal duty on public bodies to respect, protect and fulfil our rights and is based on the principles enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This webinar is the first of two which will explore the Act and discuss how the rights embodied in it must be protected.

The speakers will be Carlyn Miller, head of policy and programmes at the British Institute of Human Rights; and Professor Chris Frost is chair of the National Union of Journalists' Ethics Council and emeritus professor of Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University; with Natasha Hirst in the chair.

To book please see the link below.