Green Party Councillors will be presenting a motion to the next County Council meeting which directs the Council to oppose measures by the Government which will have the effect of reducing the human rights of UK citizens.
Dr Hazel Dawe, who is a Senior Lecturer in Law, comments:
“In the Queen’s speech the Government have said that they are consulting on the issue of withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights. In practice, this would mean that direct legal challenges to Oxfordshire County Council decisions made within Education, Social Services and other areas of Council services would be made more difficult. Currently, where such failings exist, they can be judged as contraventions of the European Convention on Human Rights. If this were the case, the injustice could be corrected and appropriate compensation could be paid to victims.
“With this in mind the County Council should be concerned that leaving the European Convention would degrade the Human Rights of the citizens of Oxfordshire. All of our councils should be accountable to citizens for their actions in cases where the human rights of individuals have not been respected."
The motion to the Council will be moved by Green group leader David Williams.