As the Welsh Assembly discusses ‘Protecting and Promoting Equality and Human Rights’ today, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have launched a stark warning against Conservative plans to ditch the Human Rights Act.
Today Assembly Members will debate the Equality and Human Rights Commission Annual Report and forward work plan for the next year. Welsh Liberal Democrats AM, Peter Black has accused the Welsh Conservatives of hypocrisy in tabling positive amendments to today’s debate whilst at the same time undermining basic rights by planning to scrap the Human Rights Act.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Equalities and Social Justice Peter Black AM said:
"I fail to understand the Tory logic of protecting the human rights of Welsh and British people by pulling out of the system that protects them. It is interesting for example that when the Sun newspaper, who support the abolition of the Human Rights Act found out that the Metropolitan Police had obtained their news desk telephone records, and those of its political editor, Tom Newton Dunn, they invoked its provisions to retaliate. I suspect that Tory MPs would react in the same way.
"Europe’s human rights laws were designed by British lawyers to reflect British values of justice, tolerance and decency. Conservatives don’t care about the rights of British or Welsh citizens, they care about losing to UKIP.
"Liberal Democrats have fought hard against these absurd Tory plans to jeopardise our human rights, and I am absolutely clear we will not allow this step back to the dark ages to happen in the future."