In March 2023, Equally Ours published a messaging guide on how to talk about the Illegal Migration Bill (now Act), human rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. This guide has now been updated in light of the Rwanda plan but also to include messages specifically on the universality of human rights.
The Government’s Illegal Migration Act – essentially the enabler of the Rwanda plan – is inhumane and impractical, and could take us closer to leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.
We need to be clever and intentional in our response. Values-based framing gives us an effective evidence-based way of responding to this agenda in a way that will build public and political support for humane and practical immigration policy, and for the protection and promotion of our rights, and of social justice more broadly.
Our evidence-based messaging guide includes ‘dos and avoids’ for talking about immigration, human rights and the ECHR, along with some example messages to use/adapt.