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News Round-Up Week Ending 8.5.15

(Posted on 11/05/15)


Gove Set to Scrap Human Rights.

As Justice Secretary, Michael Gove is likely to pursue the all-Conservative Government’s policy of replacing the 1998 Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Campaigners are already voicing their concerns.

“We are clear that we have a bill of rights and it’s called the Human Rights Act,” British Institute of Human Rights Director Stephen Bowen told Mirror Online. “We believe the Conservative proposals are little more than an act of vandalism, seeking to replace universal human rights agreed the world over with a lesser version.”

“The Tory experiment in appointing non-lawyers as Lord Chancellor has so far seen the destruction of legal aid and is now aimed at the Human Rights Act,” added Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti. “Mr Gove will have a hard time persuading Britain's senior judges he respects the Rule of Law.”

While Reprieve Director Clare Algar hoped for a change of heart: “Recent governments of all stripes have done too much to weaken the ability of ordinary people to hold their political masters to account. We hope that the new Justice Secretary does not continue down this dangerous route.”

“It's not that we don't believe in human rights, we all believe in human rights,” Health secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC’s Newsnight. “Some of the things that most annoy people on the immigration issue isn't the volume of immigrants [sic], but the fact that you have a terrorist who arrives here who we don't want on our shores and we're not able to deport.”