Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Law Lords Mixed Decision on Protecting the Terrorist

After the law lords today gave a mixed decision on the government's control orders breaching the human rights of terrorism suspects, it is time that the UK Government realises that the control order regime they rushed through, which is grounded within the Human Rights Act, has been a recipe for disaster. More importantly, there is urgent need for reform here: the UK Government has created a dreadful situation by jeopardizing the security of UK citizens – and in the interests of their security, the Human Rights Act needs to be repealed.

If the Government, as the Home Secretary said today, is “to take every available step necessary to protect the public from the very real threat we face from terrorism", then why has the UK incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into UK law via the Human Rights Act of 1998, creating a significant obstacle to public security

Although we must allow for a fair trial of terrorist suspects, habeas corpus, and for due legal process, the whole practice on human rights, from the Belmarsh case to the present day has clearly shown that the judiciary will continue to refuse to place public security first. The incorporation of ECHR into UK law via the Human Rights Act of 1998 is a major obstacle to public security. We need to opt out of ECHR. The Human Rights Act of 1998 needs to be repealed.

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