BIHR’s Director responds to Times article on the Human Rights Act

Stephen Bowen, BIHR’s Director, responding to an article by Matthew Parris “Human Rights? They dissolve into hot air”, in The Times on 23 May had the following letter published in The Times on 25 May 2015:

Sir, I agree with Matth…

Stephen Bowen, BIHR’s Director, responding to an article by Matthew Parris “Human Rights? They dissolve into hot air”, in The Times on 23 May had the following letter published in The Times on 25 May 2015: Sir, I agree with Matthew Parris that putting human rights into practice can present challenges ("Human Rights? They dissolve into hot air," May 23) but that's no reason not to believe in them. The point is that human rights don't trump each other. Fundamental, inalienable, basic? Yes, they are all of these things and more, and they can clash. It is the job of the UK courts to weigh up, for example, whether or not one person's right to free expression impinges too far on another's right to a private and family life. However cynical Matthew Parris might be about Russia, I am sure of one thing - Vladimir Putin is unlikely to be encouraged to respect human rights by seeing the UK repeal it’s Human Rights Act, and certainly not by this country undermining the ...

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