Joint Committee on Human Rights

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights is a select committee of both the House of Commons and House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the committee is to consider human rights issues in the United Kingdom.


The Committee undertakes thematic inquiries on human rights issues and reports its findings and recommendations to the House[s of Commons and Lords]. It scrutinises all Government Bills and picks out those with significant human rights implications for further examination. The Committee also looks at Government action to deal with judgments of the UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights where breaches of human rights have been found. As part of this work, the Committee looks at Remedial Orders, the legislative mechanism that allows legislation to be amended in response to these judgments.

— Source: Committee website [1]


As of 11 February 2013, the current members of the committee are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Hywel Francis MP (Chair) Labour Aberavon
Robert Buckland MP Conservative South Swindon
Rehman Chishti MP Conservative Gillingham and Rainham
Simon Hughes MP Liberal Democrats Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Virendra Sharma MP Labour Ealing Southall
Richard Shepherd MP Conservative Aldridge-Brownhills
Baroness Berridge Conservative
Lord Faulks Conservative
Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws Labour
Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrats
Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour
Baroness O'Loan Crossbench

Source: Joint Committee on Human Rights


Unlike the Commons, the Lords elects its members of the committee at the beginning of each session. Occasionally, the Lords, during a session, or the Commons, during a Parliament, may make changes to its membership on the committee. Such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Andy Slaughter MP (Labour) Hammersmith Virendra Sharma MP (Labour) Ealing Southall Hansard
28 March 2011 Eleanor Laing MP (Conservative) Epping Forest Rehman Chishti MP (Conservative) Gillingham and Rainham Hansard
23 May 2011 Julian Huppert MP (Liberal Democrats) Cambridge Michael Crockart MP (Liberal Democrats) Edinburgh West Hansard
14 June 2012 Baroness Campbell of Surbiton (Crossbench) Baroness O'Loan (Crossbench) Hansard
5 November 2012 Michael Crockart MP (Liberal Democrats) Edinburgh West Simon Hughes MP (Liberal Democrats) Bermondsey and Old Southwark Hansard
11 February 2013 Dominic Raab MP (Conservative) Esher and Walton Robert Buckland MP (Conservative) South Swindon Hansard

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