Campaign claims Human Rights reform would put vulnerable groups at risk

The elderly, disabled and victims of rape will suffer if the Prime Minister presses ahead with plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, the Labour Party has warned.

Leader Ed Miliband has joined forces with celebrities, lawyers, unions and human rights organisations, who oppose any proposals to rip up the legislation.

The Our Human Rights campaign has been launched in response to growing speculation that David Cameron also plans to loosen ties with the European Court on Human Rights.

Actor Patrick Stewart is one of several high-profile figures who have warned of the effect that the plans could have.

“Vulnerable women seeking refuge from domestic violence or trying to find the courage to report sexual abuse will be among the first to lose out from the proposed dismantling of our human rights framework,” he said.

“The Human Rights Act has been used to ensure women fleeing abuse can have access to accommodation to keep them and their children safe. It has been used to ensure police properly investigate cases of rape. Undermining these protections is a senseless attack on people who need help.”

Comedian Eddie Izzard, who has also endorsed the campaign, said that dispensing with the Human Rights Act would “strip away” protection for pensioners and children.

The Prime Minister has previously advocated replacing the Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights”, arguing that “sensible steps” were needed to change the law.

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