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Dismantling the Human Rights Act is abhorrent - A letter to the press

05 Apr 2022
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Plans to dismantle the Human Rights Act and create legal hurdles for ordinary people who seek to hold public bodies to account are abhorrent.


The bereaved parents of soldiers who died in ‘Snatch’ Land Rovers in Iraq and Afghanistan sued the Ministry of Defence under the Human Rights Act. Their children were sent to war in lightly armoured vehicles which were known not to offer enough protection against roadside bombs.


The Government suggests that cases brought under the Human Rights Act are often trivial and without merit.

What happened to those families was not trivial and their cases were found to be valid. If they had not fought for justice, the MoD’s failings would simply have been allowed to happen without any accountability.


Human rights claims play an essential role in keeping organisations in check and ensuring justice where those human rights are breached.


We should all be alarmed by the Government’s approach.  


Neil McKinley


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)


Past letters to the press

Missed opportunity to help bereaved families , 07 Feb 2022
Northern Ireland bereavement law is out of touch, 08 Nov 2021
Bereavement laws for fathers are outdated, 21 Oct 2021
Medical litigation (The Times 14 July) , 14 Jul 2021
The Times re: Tight leash on whiplash crash claims, 29 May, 02 Jun 2021
APIL calls for time limit on child abuse claims to be abolished , 11 Feb 2021
MoD shirking responsibility to pay compensation to injured veterans after six years, 28 Jul 2020
Regional newspapers: Being late is taken more seriously than being injured needlessly, 28 Jan 2020

More past letters to the press

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