Thursday, December 01, 2022

Britain proposes new human rights law

LONDON ( Associated Press) – The British government on Wednesday unveiled plans for a human rights bill it said would strengthen free speech and the power of parliament, but critics say would undermine protections for ordinary people.

The government published the text of the law just days after courts in Britain and Europe ruled against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative administration’s plans to send migrants seeking asylum to Rwanda.

If passed by Parliament, the law would make it more difficult to file complaints of human rights violations. For example, it would reduce the ability of a foreigner convicted of a crime in the UK to resist a deportation order based on human rights issues.

The government insists it only wants to avoid “frivolous” and “frivolous” complaints.

The law would also give British courts the option to override decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, which is currently the final court in that territory for many countries, including the UK. It was an ECHR judge who ruled last week that an Iraqi person could not be deported to Rwanda, a decision that led to the flight’s cancellation.

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Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said the legislation, which would replace the current Human Rights Act, would “prevent abuse of the system and bring a little more common sense” to the humanitarian legislative framework.

He said Britain would maintain its “fundamental commitment” to the European Convention on Human Rights, but the decision could spark a conflict with the Council of Europe, which oversees the Strasbourg-based court of rights.

Following the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, the government introduced the New Declaration of Human Rights as an expression of British sovereignty. However, the European Court of Human Rights is outside the European Union; It is an international tribunal supported by 46 countries.

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Human rights groups alleged that the new law would deprive citizens of the tools to hold the powerful accountable.

Sacha Deshmukh, director of Amnesty International in the United Kingdom, said that “the public is being denied its most powerful tool to condemn illegalities on the part of the government or other public entities”.

Bar of England and Wales chair Stephanie Boyce said the new law would be “a step back for British justice”.

“Officials may consider certain human rights violations acceptable because they will not be included in the bill of rights, even if they are contrary to the law,” Boyce said.

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