Rights groups urge May to improve UK human rights record

Britain’s human rights organizations have urged new Prime Minister Theresa May to improve her and the country’s record on human rights.

Amnesty UK, Reprieve and some other charity groups called on Wednesday on the new premier to commit to a fresh start on certain human rights issues such as complicity in torture and the European Convention on Human Rights.

May, a former Home Secretary, has previously said Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and adopt its own human rights law. She, however, said during the Tory leadership contest that she would pursue that policy as Prime Minister.

May has also reportedly masterminded a policy of sending vans around the UK to tell undocumented migrants to return home or “face arrest.”

Donald Campbell from Reprieve said as Home Secretary, May was worryingly secretive on human rights issues.

“For example, they have frequently refused to disclose information on funding and…

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