My Dignity, My Rights campaign collage

We welcome the news that the proposed Bill of Rights has been postponed by the government announced on September 7, 2022.

The opposition campaign to the proposed bill was supported by 327+ civil society organisations including POhWER. This was the sector coming out in large numbers collaborating to amplify the voices of the millions of people we collectively support. A proud moment and victory, but also a moment of reflection and caution as the bill is likely to return in another form.

What had been proposed was very worrying for us & the 520,357 people POhWER supported last year to uphold their human rights.

We will continue to monitor developments in the coming months and expect further news in the coming months on the governments plans.

Human Rights are for everyone & must not be taken for granted. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this campaign.

In May 2022, we launched our “My Dignity, My Rights” campaign to celebrate the rights and protections the Human Rights Act offers us in everyday life. We endeavoured to myth bust and decipher what rights we all currently have through the Human Rights Act, and what we might lose if replaced. Although the proposed bill has been shelved for now, we encourage the participation in this campaign by fellow third sector organisations and individuals who share our concerns. Ways to get involved can be found below.

Below we have put together a summary of what we learned about the proposed bill and our significant concerns about the impact on advocacy. Thankfully the proposed bill is no longer a threat to the people we support (for now).

A summary of why the proposed Bill of Rights was so worrying for advocates

Ways you can get involved