Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

International Human Rights Day

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Anneliese praised the European Convention on Human Rights - the Europe-wide treaty which protects the rights and freedoms of EU citizens.

The 10th of December marks Human Rights Day, founded by the UN in 1950, and this year's slogan is Human Rights 365 -- a reminder that we should be concerned about human rights all year round.

Unfortunately, the Conservative-led coalition don't seem to care about protecting the fundamental human rights of UK citizens, as they not only want to scrap the Human Rights Act which was brought in by the last Labour government, but are also prepared to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. This convention includes protections from slavery and forced labour, the right to liberty and security, and the right to a free trial, along with many other fundamental rights and freedoms which underpin our society.

Anneliese said: "It was Winston Churchill who worked with other European leaders to create the European Convention on Human Rights following the Second World War and the appalling inhumanity of the Holocaust. Today, the rights contained within the ECHR could never be more important. We can debate the ins and outs of a small number of cases, but the fact is that the ECHR has provided us all with the protections we need to live in a civilised society.

"A huge part of that is the freedom to live without fear of violence, something all too prevalent not only in other countries but also for some particularly vulnerable people, even in Britain. The Conservative party today has moved a long way from Churchill's position on human rights, as they now say that they will scrap the Human Rights Act. This is yet another clear sign that they will not stand up and support the most vulnerable people in our society."

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