An open letter from over 100 organisations has called on the Prime Minister and political leaders to ensure that people’s human dignity is respected during the pandemic.
The open letter, which was published to mark Human Rights Day yesterday, highlighted that older people, disabled people, BAME communities and many others have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic.
Helen Wildbore, director of signatory, The Relatives & Residents Association, said: “This year Human Rights Day has particular significance, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact across the world. Here in England, the continued isolation of older people is creating a human rights crisis in care, as we warned last month.
“The Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic has undermined the rights of older people needing care, with dire and tragic consequences. Legal challenges using the Human Rights Act are in motion and a public inquiry is on the horizon, where the Government will have to answer for failing the social care sector. The protection afforded by the Human Rights Act has never been so vital for older people needing care.”
The letter comes days after the Government appointed a panel to review the Human Rights Act (the law protecting human rights in the UK) and raised concerns that people’s ability to seek accountability will be reduced. It calls on the Prime Minister and political leaders to stand firm on our shared values and the Human Rights Act.
A Government spokesperson said: “We are committed to working across Government to protect lives and livelihoods, providing unprecedented levels of support to those who need it most.
“We have taken additional action to ensure that those who are vulnerable have access to vital financial and social support, as well as accessible communications and guidance.”