Wynne Chambers > Law Reform
Wynne Chambers has been involved in indicating, in as realistic and as constructive a manner as possible, where legal reform is most required in the context of securing the general public's ECHR Article 9 (as enshrined in the Human Rights Act 1998) 'freedom of religion' human rights:
Representations were made in October 2002 to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences regarding the creation of a new offence of incitement to religious discrimination and the amendment of the existing law of blasphemy so that it would apply to all bona fide religions, including Islam, and not just Christianity:
Up until the 2nd December 2003, there was no legal protection from or compensation for discrimination on the grounds of religion. As regards religious discrimination in the work place, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 now offer some protection. In every other sphere of life, discrimination on the grounds of religion, remains legally permitted, officially condoned and existentially practised, especially in the media, however morally reprehensible this may be. The following articles and papers have been concerned with introducing a little justice into this unacceptable state of affairs:
It has been asserted that the Human Rights Act 1998 purports to have brought human rights home. Until these rights have been secured, however - by providing adequate remedies where they have been violated (including adequate compensation when loss or injury has been sustained as a result of such violations) - they remain no more than empty promises, no matter how eloquently and sincerely they have been phrased. The following articles and papers have been concerned with translating theory into practice:
In our brave new post-Brexit world, there are calls for the Human Rights Act 1998 to be replaced by a British Bill of Rights based on "common sense" which will provide less human rights protection than at present and which distances itself from the additional human rights protection enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Time alone will tell what new legislation is promulgated and how long it will last before being changed.
"Que sera, sera … whatever will be, will be."
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.