Launch Event

The Inquiry was launched in April 2008, in line with our statutory powers under section 16 of the Equality Act 2006.

When the Human Rights Act was introduced the Government said it would lead to a cultural change within public services, representing the ethical bottom line and a ‘fairness guarantee for all citizens’. It gave citizens the ability to assert their human rights in the courts of England and Wales.

The inquiry was to investigate:

  • public attitudes to the Human Rights Act
  • how the Human Rights Act is working
  • how it is used by public authorities and other organisations where appropriate.

The Report of the Human Rights Inquiry was launched on Monday, June 15th 2009 with Secretary of State for Justice, the Right Honourable Jack Straw MP as the keynote speaker.

Given the critical role the Human Rights Act has to play in empowering people we took the step of filming the launch (this will be publieshed later this week with subtitles and at a later date with BSL) of the Report and are making both the speeches and the transcript of the event available.


Transcript of the Human Rights Inquiry Launch

Please note:  this is a verbatim transcript provided by a Speech to Text Reporter and as such may contain some inaccuracies.  For the definitive speaker text, please read the speeches.


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