2015 General Election party manifestos & children's rights

Country: UK

17th April 2015

ROCK has reviewed the main UK political party manifestos in relation to children's rights, the UNCRC and the Human Rights Act.

Party manifestos are currently being published in the run up to the UK General Election on 7 May 2015.

This article looks at whether there has been any commitment to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into law and outlines proposals in relation to protecting or repealing the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law and plays a vital role in protecting the rights of children in law.

2015 Manifestos review
Alliance

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

The Alliance Party pledges strong support for the European Convention on Human Rights and commits to oppose any attempts to repeal or dilute the Human Rights Act.

Conservative


There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

The manifesto pledges to scrap the Human Rights Act and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights.

Democratic Unionist Party

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

There is no reference to the Human Rights Act.

Green

The manifesto does not make reference to incorporation of the UNCRC. It does however pledge support for the principles of, and enforce the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

There is a commitment to recognise "the rights of children who are disabled, and their families, in education, in the transition to adult life, in childcare, in healthcare and in the benefits system."

The manifesto commits to keeping the Human Rights Act and retaining the UK's membership of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Council of Europe.

Labour

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

The manifesto pledges to protect the Human Rights Act and reform the European Court of Human Rights.

Liberal Democrats

The manifesto makes a commitment to "enshrine the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into law."

The manifesto pledges to protect the Human Rights Act and take appropriate action to comply with decisions of UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Plaid Cymru

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

Plaid Cymru offer support for the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights, and commit to opposing any moves by a UK Government to withdraw from these.

Sinn Fein

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

The manifesto does not mention the Human Rights Act. Sinn Fein pledges to prioritise 'A Bill of Rights for all Citizens and an All-Ireland charter of fundamental rights.'

SNP

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

SNP pledge to oppose scrapping the Human Rights Act or withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights.

Social Democratic and Labour Party

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

There is no reference to the Human Rights Act.

UKIP

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

UKIP pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act and remove the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. Instead, UKIP commit to enshrining human rights in law via a new UK Bill of Rights.

Ulster Unionist Party

There is no reference to children's rights in the manifesto, nor to incorporation of the UNCRC.

There is no reference to the Human Rights Act.