The protection of human rights has been a defining and fundamental part of British society for centuries. However, among a significant proportion of the population, human rights currently have a bad reputation, especially among Conservative voters, decision makers, and opinion formers.
Bright Blue’s human rights project, so far, has explored how conservatives can think about human rights in a positive way that draws on conservative traditions of individual freedom and empowerment
But, crucial to the modern debate about human rights, is also the issue of tackling discrimination. Discrimination is, like the abuse of human rights, an unjustified barrier to individual freedom. Our project has therefore given significant attention to measures designed to tackle discrimination.
Tackling discrimination should be comfortable territory for Conservatives; unfair barriers that prevent humans from flourishing should be removed. Indeed, tackling discrimination has been a significant focus for the current Conservative Government, with the Prime Minister highlighting the “burning injustices” that prevent people from certain social groups succeeding.