Robert Buckland MP new Chair of the
Conservative Human Rights Commission

02 June 2011

Robert Buckland MP is to take up the new position as the new Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, and will be celebrating this appointment by launching the Commission’s report The Freedom to Believe: Protecting and Promoting Article 18 on Tuesday 7th June.

The Commission, whose previous chairs include Gary Streeter MP, Stephen Crabb MP and Tony Baldry MP, is made up of members of the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and senior members of the voluntary side of the Conservative Party, who have a particular interest in Human Rights.

The Commission aims to ensure that the importance of Human Rights is kept high on the political agenda. Through working with other groups concerned about human rights, the Commission has produced a number of reports, including ‘The Female Face of Afghanistan’, ‘Supporting Women Human Rights Defenders’ and ‘Child Soldiers; Progress but too little’. With fresh new leadership, the Commission hopes to continue its significant work in this area.

Robert Buckland MP is part of the new 2010 intake, and with his background as a barrister for 20 years and Crown Court Recorder since 2009, he is well positioned to take the Commission forward in its next stage.

“I have had a long interest in human rights and am really enthusiastic about taking on this important role. The Commission has completed some really great work and I look forward to working together with the expertise of members in the group to continue to investigate human rights abuses, highlight human rights issues, and bring forward recommendations for the coalition Government”.