Concerned at the UK Government’s intentions to review the human rights framework and judicial review, we have come together to state:
While every system could be improved, and protecting rights and freedoms for all is a balancing act, our Human Rights Act is a proportionate and well-drafted protection for the fundamental liberties and responsibilities of everyone in this country.
The Act guarantees the rights to free speech and expression, to life, to liberty, to security, to privacy, to assembly, and to freedom of religion or belief. It prohibits torture and guarantees fair trials and the rule of law.
Judicial review is an indispensable mechanism for individuals to assert those rights and freedoms against the power of the state.
Any government that cares about freedom and justice should celebrate and protect these vital institutions and never demean or threaten them. If you or your organisation would like to add your support, please contact us.
Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people. Powered by over 85,000 members and supporters, we advance free thinking and promote humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We provide ceremonies, pastoral care, education, and support services benefitting over a million people every year and our campaigns advance humanist thinking on ethical issues, human rights, and equal treatment for all.
Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship is a non-profit that campaigns for and defends free expression worldwide. They publish work by censored writers and artists, promote debate, and monitor threats to free speech. They believe that everyone should be free to express themselves without fear of harm or persecution – no matter what their views.
The Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education is a campaign coalition of civil society groups and individuals which seeks to ensure all state-funded schools in England and Wales are made open and suitable for all, regardless of staff, children or their family’s religious or non-religious beliefs.
ACTION: FGM is a UK coalition of organisations that are working to end the practice of FGM, and other abusive ‘traditional’ practices, such as breast ironing and honour-based violence, that undermine the bodily integrity or mental wellbeing of women and girls.
We are a registered charity which supports the country’s largest network of Independent Advice Services. We provide support to front-line centres/agencies that offer independent social welfare and legal advice to those in need. Over 700 members currently work with us and we provide services for a further 500 organisations.
Advocacy means supporting somebody to become more involved in important decisions about their health and social care. Our Advocates help people in the community who have difficulty with communicating their thoughts, needs and wishes. They may also face difficulties with making decisions about things such as how or where they are cared for.
African Rainbow Family
African Rainbow Family (ARF) is a non-for-profit charitable organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage and the wider Black Asian Minority Ethnic groups.
All Wales People First
All Wales People First is an organisation for, and led by men and women with a learning disability. It is unique in Wales in that it is the only national member-led organisation that represents the voice of men and women with a learning disability.
Alliance for Choice
Alliance for Choice believes everyone who needs an abortion should have free, safe and legal access in their own country, without stigma; set up in 1996, we campaign for free, safe and legal abortion access in Northern Ireland, an end to the criminalisation of women and pregnant people and an end to the harassment of people using reproductive health services.
Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)
ARC provides impartial information and support to women and couples through antenatal testing and its consequences, including bereavement.
The Aplastic Anaemia Trust
The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to research into aplastic anaemia and the support of patients and their families.
Article 12 in Scotland
We believe that governments, professionals, and the wider community all have a role to play in building an environment that respects, values and validates the contributions of young people.
ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. We do this by working on two interlocking freedoms: the Freedom to Speak, and the Freedom to Know. When either of these freedoms come under threat, ARTICLE 19 speaks with one voice.
Article 39 fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions (children’s homes, boarding and residential schools, mental health inpatient units, prisons and immigration detention). We promote and protect these children’s rights in England through four complementary areas of work: awareness-raising of the rights, views and experiences of children; legal education; practice development through our national network of independent advocates; and policy advocacy, research and strategic litigation.
Asylum Link Merseyside
Asylum Link is an organisation dedicated to assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Liverpool and to raising public awareness around refugee issues. It is a welcoming and safe place for people from all countries to meet, relax and find out about the city they have arrived in.
Against Violence and Abuse (AVA)
A leading UK charity committed to ending gender-based violence and abuse.
Creative Innovators in Peacebuilding: “Enabling the Arts as the dialogue to assist the development of a more peaceful, equal and intercultural society free from racism & sectarianism.”
The Big Issue Foundation
From an award-winning magazine offering employment opportunities to people in poverty, a multi-million pound social investment business supporting enterprise to drive social change, to a charity Foundation supporting vendors to rebuild their own pathways to a better future and a shop curating social enterprise products. For 29 years The Big Issue Group has strived to dismantle poverty through creating opportunity, in the process becoming one of the most recognised and trusted brands in the UK. Founded by Lord John Bird MBE.
We provide advice and information to women, train doctors and midwives, and campaign for respectful and safe maternity care that protects women’s fundamental rights.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
BPAS is a reproductive healthcare charity that offers pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI) to 100,000 women each year. We advocate for the ability of women to make their own evidence-based decisions about abortion, fertility, pregnancy, and birth, and to ensure that the law does not stand in the way of clinical developments.
British Association of Journalists
The British Association of Journalists (BAJ) is a non-political trade union of choice for journalists, both staff and freelances, working within newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and online media.
British Institute of Human Rights
We have a long and varied history of first calling for human rights to be incorporated into UK law, and secondly of supporting different ways to bring these standards to life and have meaning in policy, practice and people’s everyday experiences.
British Muslims for Secular Democracy
We bring together a diverse group of Muslim democrats from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. We want to challenge perceptions, ideas and current thinking about British Muslims as a collective and the issues that affect the wider British society.
Business and Professional Women UK
Business and Professional Women UK – generally known simply as BPWUK – is a women’s organisation that encourages women to make a real difference in their community and beyond and to realise their full potential in the workplace and outside. We do so through building strong networks that help professional and businesswomen develop themselves and their careers, that are connected at the highest levels of UK and international policy-making.
Campaign Against the Arms Trade
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade. The arms business has a devastating impact on human rights and security, and damages economic development. Large scale military procurement and arms exports only reinforce a militaristic approach to international problems.
Campaign for Freedom of Information
We seek to improve and defend the Freedom of Information Act. We advise the public about their rights to information under FOI and related laws, help people challenge unreasonable refusals to disclose information, encourage good practice and provide FOI training.
Centre for Women’s Justice
We aim to bring together specialist lawyers, academics and other experts in the field of violence against women, with those working on the frontline as activists, survivors and service providers to bring strategic law challenges and ensure access to justice for victims of male violence.
Children England is the independent champion of the children and families voluntary sector. We collaborate with many different types of organisation to support practice and develop policies that put children at heart in society.
Children in Scotland
Giving all children in Scotland an equal chance to flourish is at the heart of everything we do. By bringing together a network of people working with and for children, alongside children and young people themselves, we offer a broad, balanced and independent voice. We create solutions, provide support and develop positive change across all areas affecting children in Scotland.
Children’s Rights Alliance for England
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) seeks the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in England. It’s vision is of a society where the human rights of all children are recognised and realised. CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying government and others who hold power, by bringing or supporting test cases and by using regional and international human rights mechanisms. They provide legal information, raise awareness of children’s human rights, and undertake research about children’s access to their rights.
Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights
CRER is a Scottish strategic racial equality charity, based in Glasgow. We are focused on working to eliminate racial discrimination and harassment and promote racial justice across Scotland. Over the years CRER has had a key role in advocating, campaigning, and influencing developments to promote racial equality. We have been effective in responding to a broad range of interests needed to make an impact upon deep rooted issues and respond to the needs of communities.
The Committee on the Administration of Justice
The Committee on the Administration of Justice is a Belfast-based human rights organisation and a member of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). It works for a human rights approach to dealing with the legacy of conflict and a new, rights-based society in this region.
Compassion in World Farming
We campaign peacefully to end all factory farming practices. We believe that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialised approach – so we are relentlessly focused on ending factory farming.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Coram Children’s Legal Centre, part of the Coram group of charities, promotes and protects the rights of children in the UK and internationally in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.to make an impact upon deep rooted issues and respond to the needs of communities.
Chronic Illness Inclusion Project (CIIP)
The CIIP is a voice for disabled people with energy limiting chronic illness, energy impairment and chronic pain. Leading through lived experience.
Dignity in Dying
We believe everybody has the right to a good death. Including the option of assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults. We are a national campaign and membership organisation campaigning for change across the UK.
Disability Equality Scotland
Disability Equality Scotland is a national charity working to make life more accessible, equal and inclusive for disabled people in Scotland. Our aim is for every disabled person to have the opportunity to participate in a fulfilling life and to enable them to reach their full potential. We represent the views of individuals with any type of impairment, as well as disability organisations and groups who share Disability Equality Scotland’s values.
Disability Rights UK
Disability Rights UK works to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens. They are disabled people leading change to: mobilise disabled people’s leadership and control – in their own lives, own organisations and society; achieve independent living in practice; break the link between disability and poverty; and put disability equality and human rights into practice across society.
Discrimination Law Association
The Discrimination Law Association (DLA) is a non-profit network that brings together a broad range of discrimination law practitioners, policy experts, academics, and concerned individuals and organisations, all united around a commitment to strengthening anti-discrimination law, practice, advice and education in the UK.
Doctors for Choice
We are a group of UK-based clinicians who believe that evidence-based, high-quality abortion care should be recognised as a routine part of reproductive healthcare and accessible to everyone who needs it.
Down’s Syndrome Association
The Down’s Syndrome Association is the only charity in the UK dealing with all aspects of Down’s syndrome. Our aim is to enable people who have Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives.
EachOther is a UK-focussed charity that uses independent journalism, storytelling and filmmaking to put the human into human rights.
ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking)
Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK) is a leading children’s rights organisation working to protect children from trafficking and transnational exploitation. We support children everywhere to uphold their rights and to live a life free from abuse and exploitation.
Emmaus UK supports people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion by offering a home for as long as they need it, along with work and training opportunities in our social enterprises. Emmaus provides a safe environment in which people can rebuild their lives, get support with any difficulties that they may be facing, rediscover a sense of belonging and make a meaningful contribution to their local community.
End Violence Against Women Coalition
EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
Engender is a membership organisation working on feminist agendas in Scotland and Europe, to increase women’s power and influence and to make visible the impact of sexism on women, men and society. We provide support to individuals, organisations and institutions who seek to achieve gender equality and justice.
English PEN is one of the world’s oldest human rights organisations, championing the freedom to write and the freedom to read around the world. They are the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries.
The Equality Trust
UK income inequality is among the highest in the developed world and evidence shows that this is bad for almost everyone. The Equality Trust works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality.
Equally Ours (previously the Equality and Diversity Forum) is a UK charity that brings together people and organisations working across equality, human rights and social justice to make a reality of these in everyone’s lives. Through our members and networks, we join up research, policy and communications to shift public opinion and policy in positive and powerful ways.
Fair Play South West
We are the Women’s Equality Network for the south west of England covering counties and cities south from Gloucester and west from Dorset and Wiltshire. We do research and consult women on their aspirations and barriers to achieving them. We work with women’s organisations and other representative groups to lobby and campaign for the removal of those barriers and the furtherance of women’s rights.
Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire (FRESh)
We were set up in June 2013 to promote equality, diversity and the elimination of unfair treatment and discrimination within and beyond Shropshire.
Family Rights Group
Family Rights Group’s goal is to enable children to be raised safely and thrive within their family and community. The Charity was established in 1974, by a group of lawyers, social workers and academics who were concerned about how families were treated when social services were involved with their children. We work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home.
The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. Our vision is a society in which women and girls in all their diversity are equal and truly free to fulfil their potential creating a stronger, happier, better future for us all.
‘FiLiA’ means daughter; we are the daughters of the women who came before us and we fight so that our daughters may be free. The focus of our work is our annual Women’s Rights Conference, which we have hosted since 2013. FiLiA also takes part in other activities including art exhibitions, consultations, campaigns etc subject to capacity. We are a Women-led Volunteer organisation and part of the Women’s Liberation Movement.
Freedom from Torture
We provide specialist psychological therapy to help asylum seekers and refugees who have survived torture recover and rebuild their lives in the UK. And we provide training for professionals working with torture survivors. With survivors, we campaign for change in the UK and across the world. Together, we raise awareness and influence decision-makers about torture and its impact.
Friends, Families, Travellers
Friends, Families, Travellers are the only national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities regardless of ethnicity, culture or background. In all areas of work, they support individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage and inequality, with the issues that matter most to them.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, raise awareness and drive solutions to the environmental problems facing us all.
Gender Identity Research and Education Society
Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) is a charity whose aim is to work to help the trans and gender non-conforming communities including those who preferred expression is non-binary and non-gender. The charity is operated by volunteers who give their time freely to support those struggling with gender expression. We work in collaboration with the other groups in this field and endeavour to find ways to empower individuals to discover their authentic voice. We will also work closely with families who are affected directly with a family member experiencing difficulties.
Good Thinking Society
The Good Thinking Society is a small charity that is pro-science and anti-pseudoscience. Our goal is “to encourage curiosity and promote rational thinking”. At the same time, battling against irrationality and pseudoscience.
Greenpeace is a movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction. Our vision is a greener, healthier and more peaceful planet, one that can sustain life for generations to come.
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations. We have a growing membership of around 3,000 organisations and individuals. Our vision is for a Scotland where people of all ages who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers, have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well, as equal and active citizens, free from discrimination, with support and services that put them at the centre.
Helen Bamber Foundation
The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a human rights charity based in London which was founded by Helen Bamber in 2005. Our specialist team of therapists, doctors and legal experts hold an international reputation for providing therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations.
Howard League for Penal Reform
The Howard League for Penal Reform is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. They work with parliament and the media, with criminal justice professionals, students and members of the public, influencing debate and forcing through meaningful change to create safer communities.
Humanist Society Scotland
Humanist Society Scotland is part of a UK, European and wider international movement of people and organisations. In Scotland, Humanist Society members have a clear vision of a secular Scotland, and the activities that Humanist Society Scotland can pursue to achieve that end.
Human Rights Consortium
The Consortium is a broad alliance of civil society organisations from across all communities, sectors and areas of Northern Ireland who work together towards a human rights based society, which includes a strong and inclusive Bill of Rights.
Human Rights Consortium Scotland
We are the Scottish civil society network to protect human rights. We work with our members to be a strong civil society voice on human rights, doing all that we can to work towards human rights being protected, respected and fulfilled for all.
IKWRO (Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation)
IKWRO was founded in 2002 by our Executive Director, Diana Nammi. Since our foundation, as testament to the success of our work and in response to the need for culturally specific support, advocacy and counselling for women from the Middle East and Afghanistan, our services have been extended to several vulnerable communities in the United Kingdom.
Inclusion London is a London-wide Deaf and disabled people’s organisation promoting equality for the capitals 1.2 million Deaf and disabled people and providing capacity-building support to London’s Deaf and disabled people’s organisations.
INQUEST is the only charity providing expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, lawyers, advice and support agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Our specialist casework includes deaths in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question. This includes work around the Hillsborough football disaster and the Grenfell Tower fire. Our evidence based policy, research and parliamentary work is informed by our casework and we work to ensure the collective experiences of bereaved people underpin that work.
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
We want to live in a country in which immigration law and policy are based on sound evidence, promote the rule of law and are underpinned by respect for human rights and human dignity. In which no individual or family is made vulnerable or destitute or faces the denial of fundamental human rights as a result of immigration law or its application.
The Judith Trust
Established in 1997, the Judith Trust focuses its work on the problems faced by people who have both a learning disability and mental ill-health. Named for Judith Lawrence, late sister of the current Chair, and current Honorary Treasurer, the Judith Trust ensures its work closely follows the nature of Judith’s own problems, her Jewish background and personal characteristics.
JustRight Scotland was established by an experienced group of human rights lawyers, working towards a new model of Collaborative Social Justice. We have 40 years’ experience between us of developing and implementing projects, legal services, legal education and research and policy work within the justice and human rights sector within Scotland and further afield.
Just for Kids Law
Just for Kids Law is a UK charity that works with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and campaigning to ensure children and young people in the UK have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued.
Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)
LAWRS is a feminist and human rights organisation led by and for Latin American migrant women in the UK. We support the multiple immediate and long-term needs of Latin American migrant women exposed to intersectional discrimination on the basis of gender, race and migration status, and to violations of their fundamental human rights. We also lead the Step Up Migrant Women coalition which is supported by over 50 women’s, migrants’ and human rights organisations campaigning for equal protections and access to justice for migrant survivors of gender-based violence.
Law Centres Network
The Law Centres Network strives for a just and equal society where everyone’s rights are valued and protected. They do this by supporting a national network of Law Centres that work with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society.
Learning Disability England
Learning Disability England exists to make life better with people with Learning Disabilities and their families. We are a membership organisation bringing together people with learning disabilities, families, professionals and organisations.
For more than 70 years, we have been supporting disabled people. In the UK and around the world, we work with partners to open doors to opportunity. We also work hard to break down barriers that deny disabled people their basic rights.
Lesbian Immigration Support Group
The Lesbian Immigration Support Group is a group of women in Greater Manchester who support lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees. The group consists of several volunteers supporting a vast number of asylum seekers and refugees from various countries across the world.
We are a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation. We work to strengthen and support LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
The Locum Doctors’ Association
The LDA is a registered Trade Union under The Trade Union and Labour relations Act (TULRA) 1992. It is the only trade union in the world to represent hospital locum doctors. All doctors are potential locums. We believe in equal recognition for equal work. We are the only fully truly democratic trade union and listen to all our members. All voices matter to us.
Manchester Migrant Solidarity
Manchester Migrant Solidarity (Manchester MiSol) is a self-help group set up as a convergence space for all migrants including asylum seekers offering practical and social activities for mutual support, empowerment and solidarity with non-migrants to build a powerful political voice against the systematic mistreatment of migrants in the UK.
Mary Ward Legal Centre
The Mary Ward Legal Centre provides free, independent advice to people who live and work in London to help them access their legal rights and entitlements.
Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, partners and young children. We deliver free, specialist advice on employment rights, maternity pay, maternity benefits and the rights of migrant and asylum-seeking women through telephone helplines and online information.
Medical Justice offers essential medical help to the most powerless in society. About 30,000 people a year are held in indeterminate immigration detention in the UK. Many detainees have suffered torture or ill treatment, have significant and chronic health problems, and a few may be pregnant, or have been detained for prolonged periods of time without any prospect of release or removal. Being detained indefinitely itself causes serious health problems. Many independent reports and legal judgements provide evidence of the inadequate healthcare provided in detention centres, especially for those with mental health problems.
Mencap Liverpool and Sefton
Mencap Liverpool & Sefton are a local learning disability organisation working to promote and achieve equality for people with a learning disability.
METRO is a leading equality and diversity charity, providing health, community and youth services across London and the South East, with national and international projects. METRO works with anyone experiencing issues around sexuality, gender, equality, diversity and identity across it’s five domains: Sexual & Reproductive Health, Community, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Youth and HIV.
Migrants Organise is a platform where refugees and migrants organise for power, dignity, and justice. They develop leadership and open up spaces for relational, organised participation of migrants and refugees in public life.
Migrants’ Rights Network
Migrants’ Rights Network is a UK-based NGO that works alongside migrants in their fight for rights and justice.
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre
Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre’s mission is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and more (LGBT+) communities by providing activities, programs and services that support, educate and inspire their members. Through this, they aim to empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for young LGBT+ rights; and embrace, promote and endorse the diversity of young persons.
My Death, My Decision
MDMD is a right to die campaign organisation which wants to see a more compassionate approach to dying in the UK, including giving people the legal right to a medically assisted death if that is their persistent wish. We believe that people should have more control over the manner and timing of their death in order to minimise their mental and physical suffering.
National Aids Trust
The National Aids Trust is dedicated to transforming the UK’s response to HIV. They champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change-shaping attitudes, challenging injustice, and changing lives. They believe everyone deserves health and equality and won’t let HIV stand in the way.
National Children’s Bureau (NCB)
NCB brings people and organisations together to drive change in society and deliver a better childhood across the UK.
National Development Team for Inclusion
We are a social change organisation working to enable people at risk of exclusion, due to age or disability, to live the life they choose.
Through our change and development work, research and evaluation and best practice examples, we inspire and support policymakers, services and communities to make change happen – change that leads to better lives.
National Survivor User Network
The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is a network of people who have and do experience mental distress who want to change things for the better. NSUN connects people and influences policy, practice and perceptions by amplifying the experiences and aspirations of our members.
The network was set up to build a more united and confident mental health service user movement. It recognises the isolation, discrimination and disadvantage experienced by mental health service users and their needs beyond clinical treatment.
Network of Sikh Organisations (UK)
The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) links more than 130 UK gurdwaras and other UK Sikh organisations in active cooperation to enhance the image and understanding of Sikhism in the UK.
nia has been delivering services for women, girls and children who have experienced sexual and domestic violence since 1975. nia is run for women and children by women, providing services developed in consultation with women who have experienced men’s violence, and from a proudly feminist perspective.
Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality
The Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality (NICRE) was set up in 2017 to promote good race relations and to endeavour the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of human rights and racial equality.
OneKind is Scotland’s leading animal campaigns charity. OneKind exists to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals. We expose cruelty and persecution through our investigations and research, and end it for good by giving Scotland’s animals a voice. We are based in Edinburgh, with volunteers across Scotland and the UK, and our work covers Scotland’s wildlife, farmed animals, companion and lab animals.
Open Rights Group
Founded in 2005, Open Rights Group (ORG) is a UK-based digital campaigning organisation working to protect our rights to privacy and free speech online. They exist to raise awareness about threats digital technology pose our human rights and challenge them through public campaigns, media commentary, legal actions, policy interventions and tech projects.
People First is an organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties. The organisation aims to speak up and campaign for the rights of people with learning difficulties. We also aim to support self-advocacy groups across the country in their work.
People First (Scotland)
People First (Scotland) works for the human rights of people who have the labels of Learning Disability or Intellectual Impairment. People First (Scotland) is controlled by its members, who all identify themselves in that way. As a Disabled Persons User Led Organisation, People First (Scotland) campaigns to establish and protect the same freedom, choice, dignity and control held by other citizens across all areas of members lives.
Peter Tatchell Foundation
The Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF) seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law.
The PILS Project
The Public Interest Litigation Support (PILS) Project uses the law strategically to improve human rights and equality in Northern Ireland. The Belfast-based project was set up in 2009 to support the use of public interest litigation. PILS offer a range of free services to their solicitor and NGO members to help them take strategic test cases that have human rights or equality concerns at their core.
Possability People supports disabled people to live independently, with dignity and without prejudice. We are user-led disability charity working in the South East providing advice, information and support services for disabled people their carers, families and friends.
Prison Reform Trust
The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system.
Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU)
The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU), founded in 2016, is committed to our mission of standing up for therapists and the future of therapy.
Quakers in Britain
Quakers are a faith group committed to working for equality and peace. Quakerism is almost 400 years old. It’s the common name for the Religious Society of Friends. It grew out of Christianity and today we also find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions. We recognise that there’s something transcendent and precious in every person.
Race Equality Foundation
The Race Equality Foundation was established in 1987 as part of the National Institute for Social Work (NISW) and known as the Race Equality Unit. Later it became an independent charitable organisation in 1995, and in 2006, changed its name to the Race Equality Foundation. It promotes race equality in social support and public services.
Race on the Agenda
Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy research organisation that focuses on issues impacting on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Their policy and prioritises are health, education and criminal justice. As a BAME-led organisation, all ROTA’s work is based on the principle that those with direct experience of inequality should be central to solutions to address it. Their work is actively informed by the lived experiences of BAME communities and their organisations.
The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland. We are the foremost LGB&T organisation in Northern Ireland and have two centres: one in Belfast city centre and the other in Foyle, L’Derry.
RAMFEL (Refugee & Migrant Forum of Essex and London)
RAMFEL is a charity that supports vulnerable migrants to access justice and that provides vital support in moments of individual crisis.
Refuge is the largest specialist provider of gender-based violence services in the country, supporting over 6,500 women and children on any given day. Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in 1971 in Chiswick and, 49 years later, provides: a national network of 48 refuges, community outreach programmes, child support services, and independent advocacy services for those experiencing domestic, sexual, and other gender-based violence. We also run specialist services for survivors of tech abuse, modern slavery, ‘honour’-based violence, and female genital mutilation. Refuge provides the National Domestic Abuse Helpline which receives hundreds of calls every day.
At Refugee Action, we help people who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. We get them the basic support they need to live again with dignity. Then we help them build safe, happy and productive lives in the UK. Our vision is that refugees and people seeking asylum will be welcome in the UK. They will get justice, live free of poverty and be able to successfully rebuild their lives
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – is a non-profit organisation that has been working for 35 years to promote and protect press freedom around the world through its Paris headquarters and 13 country offices, its network of correspondents in more than 130 countries, and its consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe.
René Cassin is a charity working to promote and protect universal human rights, drawing on Jewish experience and values.
Rights and Security International
For over three decades Rights and Security International has been successfully advocating for a rights-based approach to national security, and holding Governments to account for unlawful actions taken in the name of national security. Our vision is of a world which recognises that our individual freedoms are essential to our collective security.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. We provide a wealth of services including practical and emotional support through our RNIB Connect community and our Sight Loss Advice Service, guide business and public services on accessibility, campaign for change, and have a library of over 60,000 accessible reading materials, including daily newspapers.
Every day 250 people begin to lose their sight. We want society, communities and individuals to see differently about sight loss.
Scottish Legal Action Group
We fight for a fair, humane, and accessible legal system. We aim to increase understanding of the law and legal services, and work to improve the legal system for the benefit of those people in Scotland who are economically, socially or otherwise disadvantaged.
Scottish PEN is a centre of PEN International and not-for-profit organisation that champions freedom of expression and literature across borders.
Scottish Refugee Council
Scottish Refugee Council is Scotland’s national refugee charity. Our vision is for a Scotland in which all people seeking refugee protection are welcome. We work to build a society where people of all ages are protected, find safety and support, have their human rights and dignity respected and are able to achieve their full potential.
Scottish Women’s Rights Centre
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre is a unique collaborative project that provides free legal information, advice and representation to women affected by violence and abuse. The Centre strives to fill the gaps that exist between women’s experiences of gender based violence and their ability to access justice by working with specialist solicitors and experienced advocacy workers. Informed by our direct work with victims/survivors of violence and abuse, we seek to influence national policy, research and training to improve processes and systems, and ultimately to improve the outcomes for women who have experienced gender based violence.
SecurityWomen is an advocacy and research based organisation promoting the inclusion of more women in the security sector across the world – UN peacekeeping, armed forces, police, cyber-security, and private security. The premise being that a better security for all can be created through better gender balance, and the likelihood of a less violent and conflict-ridden world.
Sheila McKechnie Foundation
At the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, we recognise that change often begins in civil society. From it have come better rights and protections, changes in social attitudes, and new ways to support each other, our communities and the natural world. The power civil society has to drive truly transformational change – in one person’s life or our entire society – is most effective when we work at our best, without unreasonable constraint. We call it ‘Social Power’. Our mission is to unleash it.
Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with nearly 80,000 Members in 124 countries.
Southall Black Sisters
Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit, secular and inclusive organisation, was established in 1979 to meet the needs of Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. Our aims are to highlight and challenge all forms gender-related violence against women, empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.
Spinal Injuries Association
We are the expert voice and leading source of information and advice for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). For over 40 years, we’ve been supporting SCI people and representing the wider SCI community to government and other decision-makers. Our work in campaigning, education and support is based on the personal experiences of our members.
We’re here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone.
Tai Pawb promotes equality and social justice in housing in Wales. We believe that all people have the right to access good quality housing and homes in cohesive and safe communities. We want to reduce prejudice, disadvantage and poverty.
Terrence Higgins Trust
We’re the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.
Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)
Together is an alliance of Scottish children’s charities that works to improve the awareness, understanding and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Together’s growing membership is made up of a range of children’s charities, from small local playgroups through to large international charities, alongside individuals, academics and professionals with an interest in children’s rights.
Townswomen’s Guilds grew from the Suffrage movement after all women got the vote and have continued to campaign to improve the lives of women whatever their background or beliefs. Human Rights are fundamental to a fair society and Judicial Review is an important step in holding politicians to account.
The Traveller Movement
The Traveller Movement (TM) is an award-winning leading national charity committed to the fulfilment of human rights for ethnic minority Gypsy Roma and Traveller people.
Welsh Refugee Council
Welsh Refugee Council are a charity with 30 years’ experience working with asylum seekers and refugees in Wales. We are driven by a passion for human rights, equality and social justice and a desire to make Wales a welcoming nation of sanctuary for those seeking our protection.
Established in 1987, Wish is a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community. We provide independent advocacy, emotional support and practical guidance at all stages of a woman’s journey through the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems.
In no country in the world do women enjoy the same rights or opportunities as men. Every day women and girls face discrimination, poverty and violence just because they are women. Womankind Worldwide works in solidarity with women’s movements around the world to bring about lasting change in women’s lives.
Women and Girls Network
Women and Girls Network (WGN) was established in 1987 and has spent over 30 years supporting women and girls across London affected by gendered violence. This includes childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, prostitution (including trafficking and sexual exploitation), female genital mutilation (FGM), and so-called ‘honour’ based crimes such as forced marriage.
Women for Refugee Women
Empowering women who have sought asylum in the UK is the heart of our work. We support women who are seeking refuge from persecution, including rape and other torture, to rebuild their lives and communicate their own needs and stories.
Women’s Aid Federation of England
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. We are a federation of over 170 organisations who provide just under 300 local lifesaving services to women and children across the country. Over the past 44 years, Women’s Aid has been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice, research and policy. We empower survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of our work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs.
Women’s Budget Group
The Women’s Budget Group (WBG) is an independent network of leading academic researchers, policy experts and campaigners. They produce robust analysis and aim to influence the people making policy. They also work to build the knowledge and confidence of others to talk about feminist economics by offering training and creating accessible resources. The WBG is independent and non-for-profit.
Women’s Resource Centre
Women’s Resource Centre is the leading national umbrella organisation for the women’s sector. Our membership and networks include predominantly small local specialist women’s organisations and therefore we need to always be relevant to their needs by rooting our work in intersectionality.
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group
The number of LGBTQI+ people applying for asylum in the UK is increasing. The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) provides vital psychosocial support and legal advice to help people rebuild their lives. It also advocates for change to make the asylum system fairer.
Unlock Democracy believes politics must work for everyone because currently the rules of democracy aren’t fair. They bring people together in an inclusive, supportive and inspiring movement for political reform, developing people’s skills, knowledge & confidence in order to build power and win significant political change.
At Zero Tolerance our vision is clear: a world free of men’s violence against women. We work to end violence against women through tackling the root cause of this violence – gender inequality.
Professor Bill Bowring FAcSS, Barrister, Birkbeck College, University of London
Professor Bill Bowring teaches human rights and international law at Birkbeck College, University of London. As a practising barrister since 1974, he has represented applicants before the European Court of Human Rights in many cases since 1992, especially against Turkey and Russia. He has acted as a consultant and expert for the United Nations, Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), European Union and the UK Government. He is the founder in 2003 and a member of the board of European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC).
Jules Carey, Partner, Bindmans LLP
Jules is a human rights lawyer who specialises in actions against the police. Since 1996, when he qualified as a solicitor, he has represented individuals as well as campaign and action groups in this legal field and has had a number of high profile successes in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Stephen Cragg QC, Doughty Street Chambers
Stephen Cragg QC is an experienced specialist in public law and human rights law in a range of areas. His other area of expertise is in civil actions involving public authorities, and he is as at home cross-examining witnesses as making detailed submissions in public law cases.
Janet Farrell, Partner, Bhatt Murphy
Janet Farrell specialises in public and private law actions for those detained under immigration powers, with a particular focus on the rights of vulnerable groups including children, pregnant women and victims of torture. She is also developing her practice in the field of women’s rights more broadly.
Anthony Hudson QC, Matrix Chambers
Anthony Hudson QC is a highly regarded barrister in media and information law. He has been involved in some of the most significant recent cases on privacy, defamation and open justice. In 2010 he was the Defamation Junior of the Year 2010, Chambers Bar Awards.
Professor Satvinder Juss, Professor of Law, Kings College London
Professor Juss is a human rights expert focusing on policy-oriented work. He contributed as a renowned expert at the invitation of the Home Affairs Committee to a pioneering seminar on Human Trafficking at the Houses of Parliament on 14 May 2009, which brought together the Chairs of all the Home Affairs Committees in Europe, in a new initiative to harmonise standards and procedures in this field.
Professor Francesca Klug OBE, Visiting Professor, LSE Human Rights
Professor Francesca Klug OBE is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and a member of the Centre’s Advisory Board. She was Director of the Human Rights Futures Project from 2001-2015, which is now housed at the British Institute of Human Rights, and was also a member of the Advisory Board of LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
Steven McQuitty, Barrister, The Bar of Northern Ireland
Steven McQuitty is a judicial review barrister with expertise in human rights law, albeit accepting instructions across the entire range of public law work.
Ciaran Moynagh, Director, Phoenix Law
Ciaran Moynagh is an experienced Solicitor Advocate with a diverse caseload that points to his passion for human rights & equality, family law and criminal defence.
Ijeoma Omambala QC, Old Square Chambers
Ijeoma Omambala is a highly experienced barrister who inspires enormous loyalty and confidence in her client base. As well as providing excellent advocacy services Ijeoma provides high quality legal and strategic advice in connection with all aspects of the management and litigation of complex cases.
Adam Wagner, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Adam Wagner is an experienced human rights and public lawyer with a strong civil law background. He has extensive expertise in public law, human rights, prison law, immigration and asylum inquests, medical law, mental health law, and actions against the police. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths University, the Consultant Editor of the 2020 Prison Law edition of Halsbury’s Law of England, and founder of the award-winning human rights charity EachOther.