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Last week of call for evidence regarding appointment of Human Rights Ombudsperson

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has been considering whether a Human Rights Ombudsperson should be appointed. This consideration comes as part of the general aim of the Human Rights Committee to improve how human rights are enforced in the UK without the need to resort to legal action.

The Committee welcomes responses to the following questions:

• Should there be a Human Rights Ombudsperson? If so, what powers and resources would the ombudsperson need to address the challenges people face in enforcing their rights out of court?

• What powers would the ombudsperson need to ensure they provide an effective remedy, as required by Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, for individuals trying to enforce their rights?

• How would the Human Rights Ombudsperson interact with existing mechanisms such as ombudspersons and Commissioners, including in the devolved nations?

• How would the Human Rights Ombudsperson interact with other bodies tasked with upholding human rights, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission?

• Are there other steps that should be taken alongside introducing a Human Rights Ombudsperson to ensure people can effectively enforce their rights out of court?

There is only a week to go before the consultation period closes on 23 June 2022. Views are to be submitted through the online portal.

For the Joint Committee on Human Rights' announcement and access to the online portal, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers

18.06.2022