News Round-Up Week Ending 8.5.15
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Gove Set to Scrap Human Rights.
As Justice Secretary, Michael Gove is likely to pursue the all-Conservative Governmentâ€™s policy of replacing the 1998 Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Campaigners are already voicing their concerns.
â€œWe are clear that we have a bill of rights and itâ€™s called the Human Rights Act,â€ British Institute of Human Rights Director Stephen Bowen told Mirror Online. â€œWe 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.â€
â€œThe 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,â€ added Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti. â€œMr Gove will have a hard time persuading Britain's senior judges he respects the Rule of Law.â€
While Reprieve Director Clare Algar hoped for a change of heart: â€œRecent 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.â€