Friday, July 18, 2014

Tory plans for human rights withdrawal slammed by Amnesty

TORY plans to withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) would remove an essential safety net and “beggar belief,” Amnesty said yesterday. 

Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly been presented with proposals on human-rights law this week, drawn up by a working group of Conservative lawyers, suggesting that the plan for an alternative British bill of rights could force changes in the way the ECHR operates.

But the lawyers also acknowledge that the changes could lead to Britain being expelled from the 47-member Council of Europe, which upholds human rights across the continent.

Amnesty International UK policy head Allan Hogarth warned the move would “rip away” our human-rights safety net. 

“The steady drumbeat of threats to dismantle human-rights protections for people in the UK reached a manic crescendo this week,” he said. 

“These latest reports beggar belief and, if true, reveal a plan which is both immature and ill conceived.
“Cameron appears intent on rubbishing the UK’s commitment to human rights and so undermining its influence as a moral authority on the world stage.”