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16 May 2008

A basic necessity - preview

Fiona MacTaggart explains the need for a philosophical framework of rights in the UK and why the rights and obligations enshrined in the Human Rights Act must be protected

Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights, said: 'I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on'
  • The human rights legacy she left spurs all of us to be more than onlookers

  • When I was asked to write about human rights, I think that the editor thought I would write from the standpoint of an MP
  • But my concern with human rights began long before I was elected, when I was general secretary of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
  • JCWI successfully took the UK government to court for denying British women who were not born in Britain the right to live here with a foreign husband

  • Fiona MacTaggart

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