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Why do the Tories want to repeal the Human Rights Act?

The British Conservatives make no secret of their desire to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA) if elected with a functioning parliamentary majority in 2015. The HRA was passed into law in 1998 under the government of Tony Blair with the support of the Liberal Democrats. It transposed directly into British law the rather modest conditions of human rights set up by the European Convention on Human Rights in 1950. The Convention contains none of the more radical social and employment rights that the Conservatives find inimical and which are guaranteed by the EU. Unlike the EU, the parent body of the Convention is the Council of Europe, of which the British were founder members in 1949. Indeed the principles of Magna Carta concerning the right to a fair trial and no punishment without law were transposed to the Convention.

Here are the key articles of the HRA. Why do the Conservatives find it necessary to remove these rights from British citizens? Of what are they afraid?

Article 2: Right to Life

Article 3: Prohibition of Torture

Article 4: Prohibition of Slavery and Forced Labour

Article 5: Right to Liberty and Security

Article 6: Right to a Fair Trial

Article 7: No Punishment without Law

Article 8: Right to Respect for Private and Family Life

Article 9: Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion

Article 10: Freedom of Expression

Article 11: Freedom of Assembly and Association

Article 12: Right to Marry

Article 13: Prohibition of Discrimination

Protocol 1, Article 1: Protection of Property

Protocol 1, Article 2: Right to Education

Protocol 1, Article 3: Right to Free Elections


Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 05:14PM by Registered CommenterDr Giacomo Benedetto | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

If only politics was as simple as producing a list of terrible outcomes and banning them...




September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ Horn-Shaffer

So unbanning torture is a good idea is it?

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGiacomo Benedetto

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