On 4 May 2017 the UK's human rights record is examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UK's overall human rights record was last reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, which resulted in 132 recommendations for improvement. The UK Government published its National Report to the UN on 27 March 2017, which includes the Government's summary of its response to the recommendations made after the last review.
Wednesday 26 April 2017, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
- Sir Nicolas Bratza, Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights and former UK Judge and President of the European Court of Human Rights
- Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director of the British Institute of Human Rights
- Kevin Hanratty, Director of the Human Rights Consortium of Northern Ireland
- Naomi McAuliffe, Manager, Human Rights Consortium Scotland and Programme Director, Amnesty International, Scotland
- Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
- David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
- Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Justice (including Human Rights)
Purpose of the session
The Joint Committee on Human Rights holds a one-off evidence session on Wednesday 26 April 2017, the week before the review by the Human Rights Council, to hear views about the UK's human rights record and to question the Government about aspects of the UK's National Report. The Committee hears from representatives of civil society organisations from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and from the leaders of the UK's three National Human Rights Institutions (the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commissions and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission). The Committee also questions the UK Government's Human Rights Minister.
The purposes of the evidence session are to provide parliamentarians with an opportunity to be directly involved in the review of the UK's human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council; to subject the UK's National Report to rigorous expert scrutiny by informed human rights actors at the national level, before it is scrutinised at UN level; and to provide the Human Rights Council with an up to date parliamentary perspective on the most significant human rights priorities facing the UK. The transcript of the evidence session are to be made available to the Human Rights Council to assist with its review.