A "unprecedented" coalition of over 220 organizations attacked proposed changes to the data Human Rights Act and judicial review as a threat to freedom and justice.
The Judicial Review and Courts Bill, released Wednesday , introduces restrictions on challenges to government decision-making in court, while a review of Human Rights Law has not yet been published, but it is feared that it will pave the way for its release.
The Coalition , including charities, unions, rights organizations, and religious or belief groups , is considered the largest of its kind in UK history, according to HumanistsUK, who created it.
The groups say: "While every system can be improved and the protection of rights and freedoms for all is an exercise balance, our Human Rights Act is proportionate and well-drafted protection for the fundamental freedoms and responsibilities of everyone in this country. The law guarantees the rights to freedom of speech and expression, life, liberty, security, privacy, assembly and 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 these rights and freedoms against state power. Any government concerned with freedom and justice should celebrate and protect these vital institutions and never demean or threaten them.
The statement was supported by organizations such as Shelter, Greenpeace, Amnesty International UK, Save the Children, Refugee Action, Women 's Aid, Prison Reform Trust and Stonewall.
Although the judicial review bill does not include as many restrictions as some had anticipated, it limited the ability of migrants to challenge decisions public bodies . It also created a presumption that annulment orders, which set aside illegal decisions, should - rather than have immediate effect - be stayed or not have retroactive effect, limiting the plaintiff's remedy. .
The The Independent Review of Human Rights Law , which is expected to be released later this year, has aroused concern, given complaints from ministers about the use of the law.
The Justice Department has been approached for comment.