The Parliamentary Joint Committee Human Rights has held a session questioning the chairs of the UK’s three National Human Rights Institutions – the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission – about the impact that the Human Rights Act has had on the enforcement of human rights across the UK, barriers that continue to exist to enforcement, and whether any amendment to the Human Rights Act is needed.
In the course of the session, the Committee considered:
- The impact of section 6 of the Human Rights Act, which requires public authorities to act in a way which is compatible with convention rights
- The relationship between the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights
- Whether the domestic courts are unduly drawn into questions of policy
- Any concerns about possible reform of the Human Rights Act
- Major human rights challenges facing the UK as we emerge from the pandemic: will this coming period will offer opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of human rights both among public authorities and individuals?
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