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Amnesty: Human Rights Act not political football

AMNESTY International warned the leaders of all Britain’s political parties yesterday that human rights must not be used as a political football.

The charity was launching a new campaign calling for the protection of the Human Rights Act.

A 15-ft “ad van” emblazoned with the slogan: “Do the human right thing: Keep The Human Rights Act,” as well as the faces of party leaders, is set to hit the streets.

There is also a dedicated website www.keeptheact.uk featuring stories of ordinary people who were able to use the Human Rights Act to assert their rights.

“Human rights should not be used as a political football. They are not, and never should be, gifts to be doled out by the government of the day,” said Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen.

“People all over the world are still fighting for their essential human rights, risking their safety and freedom.

“It took ordinary people a very long time to win those rights here and we shouldn’t let politicians take them away with the stroke of a pen.”

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