Sunday, May 14, 2006

A shabby attempt to undermine human rights laws

Philippe SandsThe Observer has a robust defence of the Human Rights Act:

The decision to put the convention on to the the statute book should be recognised as a great liberal reform; instead, it has been misrepresented by politicians in their haste to appear tough on crime and, in the case of the Conservative party, to reject anything that looks like European interference in British sovereignty.

Prof Philippe Sands, an expert on international law, thinks that justice will catch up with Blair sooner rather than later:

From the materials I have seen on decision-making in relation to Iraq, on the attitude to the proposed removal of people to countries where they may face torture, on the failure to condemn Guantanamo for more than four years, on the desire to allow English courts to admit evidence that may have been obtained by torture, on the indefinite detention without charge of certain foreigners who cannot be deported, on the evasive answers in relation to rendition, it would not surprise me if materials were eventually to emerge which could show involvement in decisions concerning the international transfer of British nationals or residents.

In such circumstances, neither the Almighty nor instinct would be available by way of a defence.

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