Britain will quit the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unless they agree to give Westminster the final ruling, Cameron said today.
The proposal means that if the Conservatives are re-elected in May 2015, Britain will scrap the Human Rights Bill and replace it with their own version- a Bill of Rights specifically for Britain.
Cameron argued that the Human Rights Bill has previously stopped Britain from deporting suspected militants, insisted on Human Rights on the Afghanistan battle field, and made sure that prisoners were still able to vote.
Human Rights activist and senior lecturer Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers is angry about the proposal and feels it reflects the anti-immigrant views of the party:
“Do we want to be a model of democracy and of the Rule of Law in the world; or demonstrate how this can be undermined by politicians’ concerns over votes?”
The Bill of Rights would allow the Westminster to veto the European court’s judgements, and the European Court of Human Rights would no longer be binding over the Supreme Court.
Bournemouth councillor for the Labour party, Ben Grower, is against the proposal, “Obviously it’s a bad idea to scrap the Human Rights Bill. They are just electioneering in preparation for the elections by trying to get some UKIP voters on their side. If they went ahead with this plan, it would be a retrograde step back for this country.”
The proposal has been announced just as ex-soldier, David Stevenson, has complained that his human rights are being affected after asking to be moved to a prison closer to his family.
Stevenson was imprisoned after murdering masseuse Angela Chiu at her £80,000 Poole mansion by stabbing her six times in 2003. The ‘sadistic’ killer, who had sex with Chiu before killing her, was handed a life sentence with a minimum jail term of nineteen years at Winchester Crown Court in 2005.
A senior judge at London’s High Court has now granted Stevenson permission to challenge the Justice Secretary’s refusal to move him from Wakefield prison to a facility closer to home.
If Stevenson’s arguments regarding prisoners rights to live near their homes succeed, many of the countries most dangerous criminals may have to be moved to be closer to where they live.
The full hearing of Stevenson’s case will take place on a date yet to be confirmed.