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People who have successfully used the Human Rights Act to fight injustices in the United Kingdom are calling on their fellow citizens to help in the struggle to stop the Tories from repealing it – and all you have to do is sign an online letter.

Mark Neary: Mark used the Human Rights Act to bring his autistic son Steven home, after the council wrongly took him away.

Mark Neary: Mark used the Human Rights Act to bring his autistic son Steven home, after the council wrongly took him away. This is one of the posters used in Act For The Act’s nationwide campaign.

Act For The Act was formed to urge Justice Secretary (and well-known non-intellectual) Michael Gove to rethink the Tory plan to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a ‘Bill of Rights’ written by Conservatives with a view towards keeping people down, rather than protecting their freedoms.

The site states: “Without the Human Rights Act, there would have been no second inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster to finally uncover the truth about that dreadful day; no accountability for the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence; and no justice for the victims of black cab rapist John Worboys, who were so badly let down.

“As the stories in our unprecedented, nationwide poster campaign show, every day it protects ordinary people and their families, during what may be the most difficult and distressing time of their lives.

“The Human Rights Act is for people like Jan, diagnosed with MS in 1995, or bereaved mothers Martina, Catherine or Ann. Find out how the Human Rights Act helped them below.

“Any one of us might suddenly find that we need the Human Rights Act’s protections. Now we all need to act to save it by signing the letter and telling Justice Secretary Michael Gove that it is too important to be replaced.”

I have signed the letter. Will you?

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