Good morning and happy Friday everyone! As I’m sure we all realise now Christmas is not very far away. In 14 days’ time, many of us will be a little worse off than we should be after drinking copious amounts of Bucks Fizz, regretting the 2 or 3 boxes of chocolate we’ve just emptied before sitting down for the biggest dinner of the year and in a festive haze over which new pair of socks to try on first – and I for one cannot wait. So, to celebrate the run up to the festivities (and hopefully make up for the lack of activity in the past month or so), I have decided to introduce you to a little project I have called ‘Christmas Rights’.
Although the title does sound a little bit like Scooby-Doo beginning to sing Coldplay’s recent festive hit ‘Christmas Lights’, this project is in fact an attempt to inform our readers about the rights we have in the UK, under the Human Rights Act 1998 (by the way, yes, the people around you are judging you for singing Coldplay’s song in Scooby-Doo’s accent under your breath).
Day-by-day, right up to Christmas Eve, THWBlog will provide a brief outline of our article rights. Beginning with a description of how the Human Rights Act came into being, up to Articles 17 and 18 which aim to protect these rights from unreasonable restriction.
The Human Rights Act 1998 plays an incredibly significant part in ensuring we can sufficiently protect our Convention rights in our national courts, rather than going to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. To understand the scope and meaning of our rights, is to understand what freedoms we have as human beings in the UK.
I hope you enjoy this little mini-series and if you ever have any questions about the Convention rights send us a message or write a comment and we’ll be sure to answer it as quickly as possible for you! Coming up first – a timeline of our Human Rights Act…