Stars line up for Hu­man Rights

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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.”

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