Stars line up for Human Rights
BENEDICT Cumberbatch is among a group of actors to voice their opposition to the Government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.
The Sherlock star, Homeland’s David Harewood, Game Of Thrones actress Indira Varma, Vanessa Redgrave and Simon Callow have appeared in short films based on experiences of people who have relied on the legislation.
Plans to replace the Act with a British bill of rights were included in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.
Cumberbatch, 38 ( above), said: “Our Human Rights Act belongs to all of us. It’s not for politicians to pick and choose when they apply or who deserves protection.
“Repealing it will mean less protection against state abuse or neglect, and weaken the rights of every one of us – and the vulnerable most of all.”
Varma added: “Our Human Rights Act protects young or old, wealthy and poor, civilian or soldier.
“It is a cause for pride and celebration, not a pawn in a dangerous political game. It is ours and no one is taking it from us without a fight.”