The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that lifelong requirements for sex offenders to notify the police when they move house or travel abroad are a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The result of the judgment is that the Supreme Court have issued a “declaration of incompatibility” with the Human Rights Act 1998.
The requirements were a disproportionate manner of pursuing a legitimate aim of preventing crime and therefore breached their rights under Article 8.
Lord Philips gave the leading judgment. He emphasised that the question (as in the case of all human rights claims involving a “qualified” right in general and Article 8 in particular) was one of proportionality, and that the correct test, as had been set out in previous decisions, was:
whether: (i) the legislative objective is sufficiently important to justify limiting a fundamental right; (ii) the measures designed to meet the legislative objective are rationally connected to it; and (iii) the means used to impair the right or freedom are no more than is necessary to accomplish the objective (para 17)
Why does this idea matter?
The continual use of segregation of reformed Ex-sex “offenders” is a gross misuse of Human rights. The negative effects on the reformed Ex-sex “offender” in England and Wales (UK) is detrimental to healthy reintegration back into society. These undermine successful treatments and therapies and fail to support successful offence free life.
Stop the UK making the reformed lawful Ex-Sex Offender, family and friends a Pariah, and live by the legal human rights laws of our European constitution. 🙂 Thank you.