Human Rights Statement by Ruth George

Labour will retain the Human Rights Act and seek to improve access to justice that has been so shamefully cut in the last 7 years

A Labour Government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries.

Labour values the economic and social value of immigrants. We will end indefinite detentions and distinguish between migrant labour and family attachment. We will establish a Migrant Impact Fund for public services which are under additional pressure in areas where high numbers of migrants are living.

Labour will uphold the proud British tradition of honouring the spirit of international law and our moral obligations by taking our fair share of refugees. The current arrangements for housing and dispersing refugees are not fit for purpose. They are not fair to refugees or to our communities. We will review these arrangements.

My personal priorities for human rights will be – in this country:

  • Upholding rights at work and ending exploitation of workers, especially migrant workers.
  • Promoting dignity and respect in our benefits system which have been undermined.
  • Tackling poverty, both in the UK and using International Development funding.

In other countries:

  • To review all training and equipment contracts with foreign governments to make sure Britain never colludes in the mistreatment of civilians.
  • Suspend any further arms sales to Saudi Arabia pending an investigation into their use in Yemen.
  • To work towards a two state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. All sides must avoid taking action that would make peace harder to achieve. That means an end to the blockade, occupation and settlements, and an end to rocket and terror attacks. A Labour government will immediately press for a return to meaningful negotiations leading to a diplomatic solution. A Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine.