Joint Committee on Human Rights

Democracy, free speech and freedom of association inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Accepting written evidence; in view of the expected publication of the Government’s Digital Harms White Paper, the deadline has been extended.

Scope of the inquiry

The European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to freedom of expression, the freedom of association, and the right to privacy and family life. It also protects the right to free and fair elections.

How can rights be exercised in a way which supports democracy? Some rights can be limited if necessary and proportionate in a democratic society.

What is the correct balance between the right to protest, including to protest against things an MP has said, and the democratic need for MPs to have the freedom to represent their constituents and communicate with the public?

Terms of reference: Democracy, free speech and freedom of association

Latest evidence

Next meeting(s)

24 April 2019 3:15 pm

Oral Evidence Session

Democracy, free speech and freedom of association
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Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Chair of the Consultative Panel on Parliamentary Security
Eric Hepburn, Parliamentary Security Director
Commander Adrian Usher, Commander Protection Command, Specialist Operations
Marcial Boo, Chief Executive, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority


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