Target: Secretary of Justice Michael Gove
Goal: End attack on human rights protection in the UK.
Prime Minister David Cameron has assigned Secretary of Justice Michael Gove the task of eliminating the UK Human Rights Act. Since October 2000, this act has served to uphold rights such as those to trial, freedom of assembly, safety from torture, and education, protecting even those who are not UK citizens.
The Human Rights Act maintains two courts for those in the UK, one national and one European. This allows individuals to fight for just treatment by petitioning rulings beyond national courts. Gove, on Cameron’s authority, is now seeking to remove the UK from the European courts by abandoning the Human Rights Act. This would have negative implications for the justice system. Furthermore, it would be a breach of a United Nations agreement. The Human Rights Act was established to help protect Ireland from English oppression, and this settlement was lodged with the UN.
Despite all this, Cameron’s government is seeking to dismantle this vital document and replace it with a nebulous “British Bill of Rights.” When questioned, they are unable to state what this new bill would contain, how it would protect civil liberties, or when it would be ready to implement. Urge Gove not to attack the legislation that upholds crucial freedoms in the UK, especially when there are no measures in place to adequately replace it.
Dear Secretary Gove,
I am writing you today regarding your work against the Human Rights Act. This act has been fundamental to the protection of United Kingdom citizens and other residents, and eliminating it would be a significant step backwards.
Having a clear document which outlines freedoms and rights, as the Human Rights Act does, is necessary for the prevention of injustice. The unclear nature, timeline, and scope of the proposed replacement British Bill of Rights will not suffice to protect basic liberties. The public is protected under the Human Rights Act, with its double court system serving to provide checks and balances.
In addition, the Human Rights Act is vital to peace between England and Ireland, part of the Good Friday agreement established through the United Nations. Many atrocities were committed in Ireland before the act was established, and I urge you to avoid any possibility of a return to such conflict.
The Human Rights Act is of great benefit to the United Kingdom. I demand that you cease your attack on its protections at once.
[Your Name Here]
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