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Introduce derogations to the Human Rights Act 1998

Comment 2nd July 2010

The government should amend the Human Rights Act 1998 to introduce derogations which stop the Act being used to prevent the prosecution and punishment of offenders.

Why does this matter?

Under the last government there were several cases where the courts found that actions which the government/law enforcement agencies wished to take against offenders were illegal as they contravened the Human Rights Act 1998.

Whilst it is important that the human rights of individuals are protected it is wrong that such protection should apply to those individuals who, by their own deliberate acts, have abused the human rights of the general population.

The ECHR allows national governments to include derogations in their human rights legislation which protect the interests of the population as a whole and other countries have taken steps to do so which this country has not taken. It is time that was rectified.

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