Application of Freedom of Expression

Fiona Bruce MP is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Fiona Bruce MP is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR herafter) is calling for evidence on the application of freedom of expression. It has set a deadline of Sunday .31st January 2021.

A UK Parliamentary Joint Select Committee. It consists of twelve members, appointed from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, to examine matters relating to human rights within the United Kingdom, as well as scrutinising every Government Bill for its compatibility with human rights.
Click here to see the membership of the Committee. By the grace of God it includes committed Christians Fiona Bruce MP, Lord Brabazon of Tara and Lord Trimble, but that appears to be it. We need to pray that the other members including chairman Harriet Harman MP hold the right to freedom of expression higher than some supposed right not to be offended.

Its webpage says: ‘Freedom of expression is an essential foundation of democratic society, guaranteed by the common law and by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

‘The Joint Committee on Human Rights will investigate this issue. Our inquiry will focus on the following questions:

‘Q1: Does hate speech law need to be updated or clarified as shifting social attitudes lead some to consider commonly held views hateful?

‘Q2: Does current police guidance and practice on hate speech law help promote freedom of expression?

‘Q3: Is there a need to review the wording and application of Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) legislation?

‘Q4: What obligations does an employee have to their employer when expressing views on social media, and to what extent can, and should, employers respond to what their employees say on these platforms?

‘Q5: Is greater clarity required to ensure the law is understood and fair?

‘Q6: How has the situation changed in universities in the two years since the Committee’s report on the issue?

‘Q7: Does everyone have equal protection of their right to freedom of expression?

‘The Joint Committee on Human Rights invites submissions of no more than 1,500 words from interested groups and individuals.

‘If you would like to ask the Committee to accept your submission anonymously (meaning it will be published but without your name), or confidentially (meaning it won’t be published at all), please say at the start of your evidence which of these you want to request.

‘The Committee reserves the right to reject or redact any evidence as it sees fit, for example if third parties are named who may not have consented to their personal details being included in the submission.’

Writing your evidence
Your submission should:be concise – if over 3,000 words, include a short summary as well and include an introduction to you or your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence.
Your evidence must not already have been published elsewhere.

Uploading your evidence
Your uploaded file must be less than 25MB, be a single Word, ODT or RTF document and not contain logos

CLICK HERE then press the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of the newly opened webpage to start. STOP PRESS: NOW CLOSED

There is no Q&A. After tapping in a few contact details you will proceed to a page where you upload your response to the JCHR as a document in Word or other recognised form.

Our own submission is HERE. (You will need to log in.)

The Christian Legal Centre’s submission is HERE. It is good for a summary of cases of Christians penalised for speaking according to their faith. It is light on specific recommendations to the JCHR.

It would be perfectly in order for you to associate yourself with the submission from Christian Voice and / or the submission from Christian Legal Centre in your own submission. If you have a story to tell, all the better.

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  1. These are challenging times for Christians. It is clear that the extreme left want to silence Christians. You only have to see what is going on over the pond with the new Biden administration to see what is on the way to us in the UK. In a healthy democracy we all need to be offended – it produces debate and discussion. I love to hear people I disagree with , speak with enthusiasm/from the heart about something they hold dear. I never knew how much the media here and in the states had lied to us about Donald Trump. Having read the book God and Donald Trump by Stephen Strang, I now realise how God’s hand is on Mr Trump. My God how the media distort, lie and peddle their own left wing beliefs. Freedom of expression is a central tenant of a healthy democracy and if it is constrained then the eventual end is totalitarianism . Clearly democracy is under threat – make so mistake about that. We need God more than ever and if we don’t stand for our beliefs we will be swept away – it is what God calls us to do. …to stand firm on the word of God .

  2. Well, I made a submission. Let’s hope it’s published.

  3. I wonder about all this utter garbage about ‘hate’ speech. It demonstrates that we as a nation have lost the art of genuine debate and ability to listen to others before comment. The problem is that the population have been so subjected to academic prejudicial in put that they have basically lost their marbles and have become irrepairably stupid in their thinking. Anyone who entertains that arch socialist villain Harriet Harman is bo8nd to be allowing themselves to hear and received the utter sewerage dump mentality that she specialises in so effectively. How do you pray for such evil leader of sewerage thought like her? So the result? we have all kinds of stupidities re ‘hate’ speech that our politicians generate, leading to more oppression and more legal definition that increasingly become meaningless and basically stupid.
    Our politicians are nothing but a collection of damnable liars and should be seen for what they are.

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