How do we decide which human rights should be protected in law?

Jan 9, 2017 by

by Roger Scruton, guest post at barristerblogger: Theresa May’s Government has floated the idea that the next election might be contested on a pledge to incorporate all the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, while leaving the European Convention and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. There are plenty of arguments against such a course – not least the practical one that the midst of tricky Brexit and post-Brexit negotiations might not be the best...

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We need freedom, not human rights

Jan 7, 2017 by

by Luke Gittos, spiked: Between Christmas and New Year, the prime minister, Theresa May, announced that the Tories would fight the 2020 General Election on a pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA). She said she hoped to ‘lift and shift’ the rights bestowed by the European Convention on Human Rights, giving the Supreme Court the final say on how these rights are applied. This isn’t the first time the Tories have made this pledge. In fact, it’s starting to feel like they would be unable to...

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MP says free speech ‘includes right to offend’

Dec 24, 2016 by

by Chris Sugden, CEN: “The freedom to speak inoffensively is not worth having” Fiona Bruce MP has said. A strong call for reasonable accommodation to be enshrined in law was made in Parliament on November 30 in front of MPs, members of the Lords, political activists and church leaders. Fiona Bruce MP who sponsored the meeting identified the religious illiteracy of MPs as an obstacle since many would think the topic referred to the housing crisis. Lord Mackay of Clashfearn argued strongly that...

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Human Rights Day 2016: Statement by HG Bishop Angaelos

Dec 10, 2016 by

Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom 10 December 2016 As another year draws to a close and we mark Human Rights Day 2016, the importance of the sanctity of every human life remains challenged in far too many places in our world. This is despite various charters and conventions put in place to safeguard the lives of all. While humanity is seen to be rapidly advancing in many areas we are, as a global community, guilty of...

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The Left’s real agenda isn’t concerned with human rights – another reason why Conservatives must fight for them

Nov 27, 2016 by

by Andrew Thorpe-Apps, Conservative Home: […] But it is not just the Labour Party which finds itself in this position. Other organisations, some of which remain respected in the field of civil liberties, have experienced unsavoury episodes brought on by their left-leaning memberships. A case in point is Amnesty International. In April last year, I brought a resolution at Amnesty International’s annual conference which called on the organisation to gather evidence and campaign on the...

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Cuba: Fidel Castro’s Record of Repression

Nov 27, 2016 by

from Human Rights Watch: During his nearly five decades of rule in Cuba, Fidel Castro built a repressive system that punished virtually all forms of dissent, a dark legacy that lives on even after his death. During Castro’s rule, thousands of Cubans were incarcerated in abysmal prisons, thousands more were harassed and intimidated, and entire generations were denied basic political freedoms. Cuba made improvements in health and education, though many of these gains were undermined by extended...

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