Human Rights Act Defence Adverts ‘Too Political’ For Train Commuters, Network Rail Decides

The advertising agency, which booked the space, has moved the adverts “to key roadside billboards, airports and bus shelters”, Amnesty International said.

They were due to run in Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Waterloo and Victoria stations.

Amnesty has stepped up its campaign to protect the Act, emphasising its role in securing justice, including for the families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

Barry Devonside, whose 18-year-old son Christopher died in the disaster, said: “It’s a very small-minded decision for Network Rail to take. Human rights aren’t political; they cover everyone right across society.

“I don’t think many people know about the Human Rights Act and how important Article 2, which protects the right to life, is. But we do, and the Human Rights Act is one of the most important things in our society.”

Amnesty published a YouGov poll on Tuesday that showed 70% of people were unaware of the Act’s role in securing fresh inquests for the 96 people who died at Hillsborough.

Nearly three quarters – 74% – were unaware the Act is part of the peace agreement in Northern Ireland. Half of people said they would be worried if the repeal of the Act meant redrafting the agreement.

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