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Surrender of human rights by Criminal Activity

Comment 5th July 2010

There have been many high profile and unfair cases where the victim of a crime has been prosocuted because the human rights of the criminal have been breached.

The Human Rights Act should be amended to accept the principle that anyone indulging in criminal activities surrenders part of their human rights as they intended to infringe the human rights of others.

e.g. If a burglar is climbing on your roof and falls through the ceiling then there can be no claim for damages from the burglar. The burglar surrendered his human rights with respect to the roof by indulging in a criminal act which took him to a place where he shouldn't have been.

Why does this matter?

To restore faith in the criminal justice system and the Human Rights Act.

To redress the balance of justice away from the criminal and towards the victim.


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