MP Welcomes Human Rights Reform

Andrew Turner, the Island’s MP, has welcomed the Government’s plans to reform the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR

This in from Andrew Turner’s office, in their own words. Ed

Andrew TurnerAndrew Turner, the Island’s MP, has welcomed the Government’s plans to reform the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which will be given particular focus during the UK’s six- month Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

The Government have said the package of reforms should include measures which will narrow the ECHR’s role and reinforce the judiciary of nation states.

Seeking reforms
The Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon. William Hague MP, and the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, The Rt Hon. Ken Clarke MP, confirmed that the UK’s main aim for the Chairmanship is to seek reforms of the ECHR across all 47 countries through a Ministerial Declaration in April 2012.

At the forefront of any proposed reforms will be the UK’s intention to tackle serious human rights violations.

Uphold human rights under the Convention
Mr Clarke’s statement read, “We want the Court to fulfil the purpose for which it was intended – to uphold human rights under the Convention and to tackle serious violations of human rights across Europe. By agreeing a package of reforms during our Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, we would be in a strong position to effect these changes.”

Mr Turner responded by saying, “I wholeheartedly welcome the proposed changes which have been outlined by the Foreign and Justice Secretaries, it is a good start. The UK’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe is a great opportunity for us to start ong overdue changes to the ECHR.

“I sincerely hope that the Government is able to deliver on these promises and I shall be keeping a close eye on their progress. We have a recent example locally of the abuse of the current system where Roger Gleave, a convicted paedophile has, at public expense, been able to take the Government to court because he does not have a toilet in his cell, despite other arrangements being made for night sanitation.”

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2011 10:29am

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had enough
what a load of twallope…what about the human rights of people who don’t want to live in bricks and mortar.What about the human rights of sick and disabled people? What about the rights of employees who get the sack/made redundant? What about the human rights of protesters who are now viewed as terrorists? What about the human rights of the homeless? The jobless? The mentally ill?….the list… Read more »
Asite2c
Spot on Had Enough! If many of the Tories had their own way, they would like to take us back to the dark old days when there was no human rights for the general public, and as you say, just for themselves and mega rich friends. It’s hard to believe anything they say about promoting human rights as many of their members want to pull out of… Read more »
eye-land

Lots of people don’t agree with how the Human Rights Act is applied and therefore don’t like it

Rosco

Does andrew actually do anything for the good of the island, apart from just getting his photo in the paper.

L Pinkerton

Yes, he did it. He and Carole did it. They had a word with Davey and low and behold they collectively changed Government policy and agreed to reform the European Court of Human Rights in GB. So no rights for the hoypoloi like you, me and the ferrets of course.

playingthenumbers

With MPs expenses running at around £13m per year whilst only sitting for around 240 days, in works out at around £83 per day in expenses on top of salary of £65738.

Look there at the inequality AT & encourage your colleagues to do likewise.

had enough

…despite other arrangements being made for night sanitation.”

A slop out bucket…I wonder if AT would like to use a slop out bucket? Or share a space with someones elses slop out bucket?

Mr Justice

I do hope they actually achieve something. The Human rights needs tightening up. It should not trump everything. For example, persons coming to Britain and committing crimes, should not be able to claim ‘yuman rites’ as a reason to stay after serving their punishment – in the unlikely event they actually get one of course.

No.5

Isn’t a bit of a paradox that a few weeks AT was bleating on about us getting out of Europe….and here is now cheering on the ECHR

surely he either wants us out or in…he can’t have it both ways ( or can he!!!!)

Wight Essence

He puts his right leg in, his right leg out, in out in out and shakes it all about, he does the Euro Kokey and he turns around, that’s what he’s all about.

mark francis
The European Convention on Human Right was established quite separately to the EU & pulling out of the EU would not affect the position of the Court. The EU Court is the ECJ. The ECHR was set up by a committee of European statesman that included Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan & Maxwell-Fyfe(prosecutor at Nuremburg)& is as much a product of British jurisprudence as of foreign. On the… Read more »
Asite2c

Turner, Cameron and this Tory government should be absolutely ashamed of the way they have cut money for councils to spend on care for the elderly.

A damming report which was released today, revealed many elderly people are suffering and being abused in residential homes because of a lack of government money. This is a terrible abuse of human rights.

Farmer Palmer
‘had enough’ said … …despite other arrangements being made for night sanitation.” A slop out bucket…I wonder if AT would like to use a slop out bucket? Or share a space with someones elses slop out bucket? I say …. If you don’t rape little boys , you might not end up with an Albany slop bucket. If you do rape little boys , you do not… Read more »