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Do we need a UK Bill of Rights?

Discussion Paper

The Commission on a Bill of Rights is an independent Commission set up by the Government and required by our Terms of Reference:

“To investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extends our liberties.

“To examine the operation and implementation of these obligations, and consider ways to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.

“To provide advice to the Government on the ongoing Interlaken process to reform the Strasbourg court ahead of and following the UK’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

“To consult, including with the public, judiciary and devolved administrations and legislatures, and aim to report no later than by the end of 2012.”