Response to Bill of Rights Commission announcement
Published on 18 March 2011 04:30 PM
Statement in response to the government's announcement of a Bill of Rights Commission
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director of Age UK said:
'Recent reports of the appalling treatment that older people experience on a regular basis in our hospitals demonstrate that now more than ever older people need the rights enshrined in the Human Rights Act. We know of many instances where the Act has helped prevent humiliating or inhumane treatment of older people and ensured that their dignity is respected.
'We are deeply concerned that a small number of controversial cases, often reported in an inflammatory way, have eclipsed these concrete improvements in the lives of older people that have been brought through the Human Rights Act. The commission announced today to investigate the case for a UK Bill of Rights must not in any way undermine the ability of an individual to seek redress for breaches of their human rights as set down in the European Convention on Human Rights.'
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Notes to Editors
1. Age UK have available sample cases of where the Human Rights Act has helped older people.
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