Political parties set out manifesto commitments to protect children’s rights
The future of children’s human rights has been very uncertain for a long period of time and is under further threat from Brexit. We are delighted therefore that all the main parties have set out their commitment to safeguard children’s human rights in their General Election manifestos after we wrote to them with our sister organisations Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights, and the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group. Read our joint letter here.
We asked them to commit to retain the Human Rights Act, not to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (EHRC), and to ensure the rights children currently enjoy through our membership of the EU, such as protection from trafficking or pollution, are not diluted.
We are pleased to see that Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party clearly stated they would retain the Human Rights Act and not withdraw from the EHRC. Although disappointingly the Conservatives have not taken their plans for repeal off the table, they have set out that the Act and EHRC are no longer under immediate threat:
“We will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway but we will consider our human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the EU concludes. We will remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights for the duration of the next parliament.”
It is vital that we use this breathing space to set out a clear case for how the Human Rights Act offers crucial protection for children and must remain intact.
The best way to ensure that children’s rights are fully respected is by enshrining the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into our domestic legislation, so we welcome the commitment from Labour and the Lib Dems to do this.
CRAE looks forward to working with whichever party wins the General Election to ensure that children’s human rights are safeguarded and protected.