JUSTICE has submitted a response to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s call for evidence in relation to their inquiry into the Government’s Constitution, Rights and Democracy Commission.
We have stressed that if a Commission is going to be set up, it should examine ways in which the rule of law and fundamental rights and liberties can be further protected and embedded in our constitution. It should not be used as an opportunity to undermine the rule of law or reduce protections of rights. It must also:
- be, and be seen to be, independent from the Government;
- adopt and evidence-based approach; and
- be as inclusive as possible in its evidence gathering, including ensuring it has effective engagement with the public.