LCHR Releases Trade Union Bill Briefing

Today, LCHR launches its latest briefing on the Trade Union Bill. In this briefing we have explored four key areas where the Trade Union Bill affects human rights:

  1. Possible violations of Article 11 of the Human Rights Act and ECHR.
  2. Possible violations of ratified ILO conventions.
  3. Effects on democratic principles.
  4. Effects on privacy and freedom of speech.

This short briefing aims to show how the Trade Union Bill should be considered as a broader attack on human rights and a weakening of opposition forces to the government.

You can read our briefing here.

LCHR releases “Mass Surveillance vs. The Labour Movement – Why Labour Should Stop Indiscriminate Surveillance in the UK” briefing

Following our parliamentary event “Should Labour Stop the Snooper’s Charter?” last week, LCHR has released our latest briefing “Mass Surveillance vs. The Labour Movement – Why Labour Should Stop Indiscriminate Surveillance in the UK.”

The briefing is aimed at everyone in the Labour movement: MPs, trade unions, and activists. It illustrates the grave threat that mass surveillance – the indiscriminate collection and storage of personal communications material – poses to British liberty by exploring the long history of state surveillance and subversion directed against the Labour movement itself. It is being published in the context of the government’s new push to introduce additional mass surveillance powers in the form of an investigatory powers bill.

You can view and download the briefing here.

Should Labour Stop the Snooper’s Charter?

Labour Campaign for Human Rights is co-hosting an event with Unite the Union entitled: Should Labour Stop the Snooper’s Charter?

Date: Monday 29 June

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Location: Parliament, Committee Room 1

Speakers: Jennie Formby (Political Director of Unite), Catherine West (Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green), Diana Johnson (Labour MP for Kingston Upon Hull North), Clive Lewis (Labour MP for Norwich South), Jonathan Russell (Quilliam), Rachel Logan (Amnesty International).

We are using this event as an opportunity to inform Labour MPs and members about the issue, explore our concerns, and to discuss what Labour’s position should be on the bill and mass surveillance more broadly.

If you wish to attend, please contact LCHR at ailar.hashemzadeh@lchr.org.uk

LCHR publishes briefing on human rights dangers of the first 100 days of this government

Today LCHR published our new briefing entitled “Human Rights and the New Tory Government – Three Dangers in the Next Hundred Days.”

The briefing covers three of the biggest and most immediate human rights dangers posed by the new government. The dangers are the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act, the introduction of a “Snooper’s Charter”, and new anti-strike laws.

You can download or read a copy of it here.

LCHR releases briefing for parliamentary candidates on mass surveillance

Today LCHR published its guide for parliamentary candidates on mass surveillance. This document provides information about mass data surveillance following the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013 and the continuing debate about the balance between privacy and security in a digital age. This briefing can be used by candidates to inform messaging on the doorstep, be used as a basis for articles, and to inform comments during hustings.

You can view or download the document here. 

If you have any questions or comments about the breifing please contact our Director Andrew Noakes at andrew.noakes@lchr.org.uk

Launch of pocket-sized guide for activists

Last year we published our pamphlet aimed at identifying the best way to defend human rights against Tory attacks called Human Rights on the DoorstepToday we have launched a shorter, quick guide that activists can carry with them to defend the Human Rights Act on the doorstep.

The two-page guide includes a fact-check on what human rights are, making the case for human rights, some case studies which show why the Human Rights Act is needed and how to tackle human rights myths.

This will enable activists to engage with voters on human rights issues and to push back against negative perceptions. It is important to explain to voters that our human rights laws reflect centuries of British values and that the Human Rights Act protects thousands of people every day. This will help to demonstrate why the party is backing the Human Rights Act.

You can view and download the guide here.

If you have any comments about the guide, do not hesitate to contact LCHR’s Director at andrew.noakes@lchr.org.uk.

LCHR Welcomes Ed Miliband call for US-style debate of intelligence services

LCHR welcomes the news that Ed Miliband has praised President Obama for starting a debate about the powers of intelligence services in light of the Snowden revelations. We strongly support his call for a similar discussion in the UK. He has suggested that an opposition politician could chair the Intelligence and Security Committee and that reforming oversight of the intelligence services would be part of his campaign to challenge “unaccountable power.”

LCHR, concerned about the serious implications of mass data surveillance, has been campaigning on this issue since October. We fully endorse the proposals Ed Miliband has made and would also encourage a discussion about the legislative framework governing surveillance.