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https://plus.google.com/102219467863540436401 Birkbeck, University of London : [#BBKblogs] Human rights plan will please eurosceptics but what’s in it for the rest of us? http://ow.ly...
[#BBKblogs] Human rights plan will please eurosceptics but what’s in it for the rest of us? http://ow.ly/DyY8H

This article was contribute by Frederick Cowell from Birkbeck’s School of Law: 'David Cameron has nailed his colours to the mast by promising to create a British bill of rights. His intention is clear – the Human Rights Act will be abolished and the UK will abandon the European Convention on Human Rights.'

'Cameron seems to be using populist anger over the European Court of Human Right’s decision on prisoner voting to justify a power-grab in the form of a pro-state human rights instrument. Since UKIP has a clear line on withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights and the abolition of the Human Rights Act, this has the potential to be very popular among some voters.'

'But in its analysis of Cameron’s latest proposals, legal charity Justice notes that many issues, such as provisions to ensure only the “most serious cases” are heard, already exist.' Please read more...http://ow.ly/DyY8H

For this and other interesting Birkbeck blog posts, please go to the BBK blogs page - www.bbk.ac.uk/blogs
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https://plus.google.com/113557272907430072970 Mass Surveillance Referendum : Mass Surveillance – Fooled Again On 10 June 2013, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, made the...
Mass Surveillance – Fooled Again

On 10 June 2013, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, made the following statement to Parliament; “It has been suggested GCHQ uses our partnership with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they cannot legally obtain in the UK. I wish to be absolutely clear that this accusation is baseless. Any data obtained by us from the US involving UK nationals is subject to proper UK statutory controls and safeguards, including the relevant sections of the Intelligence Services Act, the Human Rights Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.”

The Interception of Communications Commissioner, Sir Anthony May, responsible for overseeing GCHQ and the other intelligence agencies, stated in his latest report; “British intelligence agencies do not circumvent domestic oversight regimes by receiving from US agencies intercept material about British citizens which could not lawfully be acquired by intercept in the UK”.

Liberty, Privacy International and Amnesty International have been challenging GCHQ's surveillance practices in this regard at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). Following a secret session which they were not allowed to attend, sections of the Government's 'arrangements' for information obtained from the US have been communicated to them for comment. These make it clear that GCHQ can get warrantless access to bulk NSA data about UK citizens. It can store and analyse this data for two years, and longer if authorised by a senior official. The Government insists that the 'arrangements' contain adequate safeguards, which cannot be made public.

Now, I don't know about you, but I felt reassured by the Foreign Secretary's and Interception of Communication Commissioner's original statements – quite wrongly, it now turns out, in light of what has been communicated by the IPT.  Why do the safeguards have to be secret? Why can't we decide if they are adequate?

Hats off to Liberty, Privacy International and Amnesty International for shining the light.

Liberty press statement:
https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news/press-releases/secret-policy-reveals-gchq-can-get-warrantless-access-bulk-nsa-data
Secret policy reveals GCHQ can get warrantless access to bulk NSA data | Liberty
Britain's intelligence services do not need a warrant to receive unlimited bulk intelligence from the NSA and other foreign agencies, and can keep this data on a massive searchable database for up to two years, according to secret internal policies revealed today by human rights organisations.
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https://plus.google.com/114687792436153984671 Barney Leith : The folly of proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and to withdraw from the European Convention on...
The folly of proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. Keep the Human Rights Act!
brap blog: Human Rights (Terms and Conditions Apply)
A blog by brap considers proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, and what they mean for equality and human rights in the UK. brap is a think fair tank, inspiring and leading change to make public, private ...
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https://plus.google.com/107354029163729917630 Richard Masssurveillance : Mass Surveillance – Fooled Again On 10 June 2013, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, made the...

Mass Surveillance – Fooled Again

On 10 June 2013, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, made the following statement to Parliament; “It has been suggested GCHQ uses our partnership with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they cannot legally obtain in the UK. I wish to be absolutely clear that this accusation is baseless. Any data obtained by us from the US involving UK nationals is subject to proper UK statutory controls and safeguards, including the relevant sections of the Intelligence Services Act, the Human Rights Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.”

The Interception of Communications Commissioner, Sir Anthony May, responsible for overseeing GCHQ and the other intelligence agencies, stated in his latest report; “British intelligence agencies do not circumvent domestic oversight regimes by receiving from US agencies intercept material about British citizens which could not lawfully be acquired by intercept in the UK”.

Liberty, Privacy International and Amnesty International have been challenging GCHQ's surveillance practices in this regard at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). Following a secret session which they were not allowed to attend, sections of the Government's 'arrangements' for information obtained from the US have been communicated to them for comment. These make it clear that GCHQ can get warrantless access to bulk NSA data about UK citizens. It can store and analyse this data for two years, and longer if authorised by a senior official. The Government insists that the 'arrangements' contain adequate safeguards, which cannot be made public.

Now, I don't know about you, but I felt reassured by the Foreign Secretary's and Interception of Communication Commissioner's original statements – quite wrongly, it now turns out, in light of what has been communicated by the IPT.  Why do the safeguards have to be secret? Why can't we decide if they are adequate?

Hats off to Liberty, Privacy International and Amnesty International for shining the light.

Liberty press statement:
https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news/press-releases/secret-policy-reveals-gchq-can-get-warrantless-access-bulk-nsa-data
Secret policy reveals GCHQ can get warrantless access to bulk NSA data | Liberty
Britain's intelligence services do not need a warrant to receive unlimited bulk intelligence from the NSA and other foreign agencies, and can keep this data on a massive searchable database for up to two years, according to secret internal policies revealed today by human rights organisations.
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https://plus.google.com/104277466519507204132 John Champion : trying to limit judicial review access; scrapping human rights act: Welcome to Britain The scary thing...
trying to limit judicial review access; scrapping human rights act: Welcome to Britain
The scary thing is 181 voted for Grayling's plans...  #t  
House of Lords votes against Grayling’s plans to restrict judicial review access
Ex-Tory cabinet ministers defy party to keep judges’ discretion as Labour says defeat is ‘humiliating slapdown’ for justice secretary
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Swaggering in the street, violent Chinese thug we thought had been deported from UK

Lin Chen photographed still wandering the streets of London this week Chen was imprisoned for tying up and threatening to kill two women When approached, he was surprised to hear he was facing deportation  He said he plans to use legal aid to fight the courts for the right to stay By Neil Sears and Francesca Infante for the Daily Mail Published: 18:43 EST, 24 October 2014 | Updated: 05:31 EST, 25 October 2014 85 shares 130 Viewcomments Lin Chen pictured enjoying a cigarette as he walked the streets of London this week His was supposed to be the case that showed Britain would no longer let criminals use the Human Rights Act to dodge deportation. But this violent Chinese burglar has still not been told to leave the country – despite judges saying he should be booted out last Monday. The Daily Mail found Lin Chen – released from jail half-way through a five-year sentence for tying up and threatening to kill two women – enjoying a cigarette as he walked the streets of London. He said he had no idea he was set to be deported under a tough new regime, despite attending two appointments with immigration officials [...]
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https://plus.google.com/107704391577272278620 NKinUSA : Today President George W. Bush met with leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss ways ...
Today President George W. Bush met with leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to advance the cause of human freedom in North Korea. Five North Korean refugees (including NKinUSA President Jinhye Jo) also shared their stories of escape and their experiences building new lives in the United States as a result of the 2004 North Korean Human Rights Act, which President Bush signed into law 10 years ago.

Photos by Grant Miller for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/
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https://plus.google.com/111953717429770090542 Jack Shepard : Jack Shepard "Write-in" candidate for U.S. Senator in General Election files complaint for Racial Profiling...
Jack Shepard "Write-in" candidate for U.S. Senator in General Election files complaint for Racial Profiling of Blacks; with the U.S. Department of Justice against Hennepin  & Ramsey County Attorney's; Minneapolis & St. Paul Police Departments:  this complaint is against aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws has a proven pattern or practice of discrimination against Black’s by these departments: attached below:

US Department of Justice
50 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division Racial Discrimination Section
Washington, D.C. 20530
COMPLAINT AGAINST THE FOLLOWING FOR RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Molly J. Moran
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Copy: Attorney General Eric Holder
ON this day the 22nd of October in the year 2014.
I, Jack Shepard “see attached complainant consent/release form” filled this complaint with you office against the following 4 individuals and the 4 agencies they are responsible for as listed below:
COMPLAINT AGAINST:
1) Janeé Harteau Chief of Police of the Minneapolis Police
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1389
2) Mr. Mike Freeman
Hennepin County Attorney
C-2000 Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
3) John J. Choi
Ramsey County Attorney Office
15 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
4) Chief Tom Smith of the St Paul Police Department
St Paul Police Department
367 Grove St -Saint Paul, MN
COMPLAINT STATES AS FOLLOWS:
There is a pattern or practice of discrimination in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties of Minnesota which has increased over the past 14 years; also this complaint raises an issue of general public importance because it is presently costing the Minnesota Taxpayers unneeded over 44 millions of dollars, in this time of recession these funds I think can better well spend fighting dangerous criminal, not non- violent kid going to prison for possession of Marijuana.
I find even more troubling that the above 4 people; who this complaint is against aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws has a proven pattern or practice of discrimination against Black’s; which needlessly mires thousands of people in the criminal justice system, crowding our Minnesota jails, wastes millions of taxpayers' dollars, fails to reduce marijuana use and availability, diverts precious police resources away from solving serious crimes, and is carried out with staggering racial bias.
These arrests have a significant detrimental impact on people's lives, as well as on the communities in which they live. When people are arrested for possessing even tiny amounts of marijuana, they can be disqualified from public housing or student financial aid, lose or find it more difficult to obtain employment, lose custody of their child, or be deported.
Hennepin County has the 5th Largest Percent Increases in Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrest Rates (2001-2010) with an increase of 328%. How could Minnesota be the 5th high increase when America has 3143 county, this cannot be an accident from testimony and statistics my Complaint Merit please urgently Correct and these civil rights policies violations must be corrected.
The above named law enforcement agencies and County Attorneys offices have systematically deprives Black Men and Women under their jurisdiction
of their basic civil rights by using illegal policing practices, including racial profiling as well as unconstitutional stops, frisks, and searches. These law enforcement agencies and district attorney offices have prioritized enforcement of marijuana possession laws because their measure and success is the productivity by the number of arrests they make.
Several policemen who only made statements if their names were never included in their statements stated recently, “That their precincts are often encouraged make arrests of low-level offenses such as marijuana possession. To increase the number of arrests to get more federal funding; Because they are the simplest and they were told that their precincts will get financial incentives and rewards that enable and encourage them to make large numbers of arrests.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance should take the following steps to reform the existing JAG process:
Cease including marijuana possession arrests as a performance measure for purposes of federal funding
I ask the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division urgently of act because I found a long term pattern or practice by the Minneapolis and St. Paul departments have often employed aggressive stop, frisk, and search tactics that bend if not flaunt the Fourth Amendment’s proscriptions. This shift to pre-emptive policing has likely been a major contributor to the increase in arrests for marijuana possession in Hennepin County and Ramsey Counties.
Just in the year 2010 they are responsible for the Annual Fiscal Cost of Marijuana Possession Enforcement in Minnesota of $ 21,132,200 spent for police costs only on Marijuana arrests; for the Judicial & Legal of $15,231,101, and $5,707,988 on corrections.
The description of the Laws the above named agencies all have violated that I ask the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division urgently investigate fall under:
1) The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, allows us to review the practices of law enforcement agencies that may be violating people's federal rights. If a law enforcement agency receives federal funding, we can also use the anti-discrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968
2) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbid discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin by agencies receiving federal funds.
There is a proven pattern or practice of discrimination against Black’s by the about name County Prosecutors and the about named Police Chief’s who are responsible for and that the fact is that this discrimination has increased over the past 14 years; also this complaint raises an issue of general public importance because it is presently costing the Minnesota Taxpayers unneeded millions of dollars.
The above name 4 people in this complaint are all guilty of violating: Constitutional protections, federal civil and criminal statutes, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act all prohibit racial discrimination in the enforcement of the criminal law.
The policemen and women in Hennepin County and Ramsey County are guilty of "Racial Profiling" refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.
Criminal profiling, generally, as practiced by police, is the reliance on a group of characteristics they believe to be associated with crime. Examples of racial profiling are the use of race to determine which drivers to stop for minor traffic violations (commonly referred to as "driving while black or
brown"), or the use of race to determine which pedestrians to search for illegal contraband.
Evidence source comes is from police officers and Blacks arrested who only would talk to me, or my sources in Minneapolis and St. Paul if they will not be named in this complaint and an official facts from the New ACLU Report which finds Overwhelming Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests which was released on June 4, 2013.
Black people are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people despite comparable usage rates, according to a report released on June 4, 2013 by the American Civil Liberties Union. The report also found that marijuana arrests now make up nearly half of all drug arrests.
The American Civil Liberties Union “The War on Marijuana in Black and White” states Billions of Dollars Wasted on Racially Biased Arrests" is the first-ever report to examine nationwide state and county marijuana arrest data by race.
The Minnesota has the 3rd largest racial disparities in Marijuana possession arrest rates per 100,000; Minnesota is the 3rd highest in the nation, in 2010 “ACLU* figures are 835 blacks were arrested for marijuana possession to only 107 Whites ; this means in Minnesota Blacks as 7.81 times more likely to be arrested then Whites for Marijuana possession. *ACLU Report
There is staggering racial disparities in marijuana possession arrest exist in Hennepin County, Minnesota irrespective of the overall Black population. In Hennepin County, MN (includes Minneapolis), where Blacks are only 12% of the population, but are 9.1 times more likely to be arrested than whites. *ACLU Report
To prove my charges of racial profiling according to the ACUL report;
As the overall number of marijuana arrests has increased over the past decade, the white arrest rate has remained constant while over the past decade. The disparities have increased the most since 2001, The Black to White disparity in Minnesota increased from in 2001 2.4 to in 2010 to 7.8 which was the percentage change in Black/White disparity of 231% the second highest State; increase in Racial disparity in America. *ACLU Report
In every year from 2001 to 2010, more whites than Blacks between the ages of 18 and 25 reported using marijuana in the previous year. In 2010, 34% of whites and 27% of Blacks reported having last used marijuana more than one year ago — a constant trend over the past decade. In the same year, 59% of Blacks and 54% of whites reported having never used marijuana. *ACLU Report
A. Data
Sources
The marijuana possession arrest data presented in the ACUL report was obtained largely from the FBI/UCR Program. This program annually collects data from state and local law enforcement agencies. In particular, the two main FBI/UCR data sets used in the report are:
Uniform Crime Reporting Data [United States]: Arrests by Age, Sex, and Race [Alternative Title: ASR], 2001-2010
Uniform Crime Reporting Data [United States]: County-Level Detailed Arrest and Offense Data, 1995-2010
Annual county population estimates by age, sex, race, and ethnicity were drawn from the United States Census:
U.S. Census Bureau, Annual County Resident Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2010 Q
Data on marijuana use were obtained from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-41, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4658: 2011 Q
This report’s sole focus on Black-white racial disparities is the result of the fact that the FBI/UCR arrest data does not identify Latinos as a distinct racial group and thus does not distinguish between white and Latino arrests. In other words, an arrest of a Latino is overwhelmingly categorized as a “white” arrest. . *ACLU Report
So arrest rate disparities between Blacks and whites will be even more pronounced than the disparities as captured by the FBI/UCR data. ACLU Report
In Minnesota the 3rd highest state with Largest Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrest Rates (2010) with 835 Blacks arrest and only 107 white arrest for Marijuana Possession which that a Black person is 7.81 times more likely in Minnesota the 3rd highest State in America for black to get arrested before Whites.
Causes underlying the disparity problem,
“According to a report reIn Minnesota, the counties with the largest racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests were Hennepin, Ramsey, from Race Disparities - Nationwide, Blacks were over 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, despite comparable usage rates. In Minnesota, Blacks were on average nearly 8 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as whites. In Ramsey County alone, increased its black/white racial disparity from 2010 from 7.4 to 8.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. In 2013 “ ACUL
Remedies to address intentional discrimination, legal remedies alone have not stemmed nor will they stem the increasing racial disparity within our state
At this very moment Racial profiling has been a hot issue in Minnesota. What is new, however, is the increase in the level of racial disparity, particularly here in Minnesota. Minnesota now has the largest disparity between black and white imprisonment rates of any state in the nation.
This racial disparity especially in Hennepin County and Ramsey County is a problem with immense implications that deserve your immediate attention and action.
The racial profiling allegation is that police use a minority driver's race as a factor, either alone or in combination, in determining which vehicles to stop.
In Minnesota, the police departments in Minneapolis and St. Paul have voluntarily begun to collect data on the race of the drivers they stop. Which they would not give to me, but which you can easily get.
African Americans account for a significant percentage of the minority stops -- almost 40 percent -- even though African Americans are 18% percent of the population in Minneapolis.
The data further suggest these stops occur more frequently within certain neighborhoods within the city. Approximately 40 percent of all stops of black drivers occurred within five Minneapolis neighborhoods. “In the Black inner city often referred to as the North Side of Minneapolis”
St. Paul data showed black motorists were more likely than whites to be frisked and searched as a result of a traffic stop.
The data from Minneapolis also showed that minorities are more likely to be arrested as a result of having been stopped. In Minneapolis, blacks are about two and one half times more likely to be arrested and booked than whites following a traffic stop; American Indians about three times more likely.
For felony-level crimes, the national disparity in the arrest rate between minorities and whites is roughly 7:1, which means that minorities are seven times more likely to be arrested for felony level crimes than whites.
In Minnesota, the disparity is even wider, particularly for African Americans. For Part 1 crimes, the disparity in arrest rates between African Americans and whites is 14:1
The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission keeps extensive data on the race of all offenders who are sentenced at the felony level to prove my complaint about Black civil rights violation in their arrest for Marijuana possession.
From this data, I have found out for felony-level crimes, whites are less likely than minorities to serve time in prison. Minnesota now has the largest disparity between black and white imprisonment rates of any state in the nation: a ratio of 19:1.
As Minnesota's prison population has increased over the past decade, so has the racial disparity. Over half of Minnesota's prison population is minority, and Minnesota now has the largest disparity between black and white imprisonment rates of any state in the nation: a ratio of 19:1.
Constitutional protections, federal civil and criminal statutes, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act all prohibit racial discrimination in the enforcement of the criminal law.
The 4th Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Violations of the 4th Amendment can result in the suppression of evidence in a criminal trial and potential civil liability under federal statutes such as 42 U.S.C. ¤ 1983
We know enough about the racial disparity within the criminal justice system to know that Minnesota leads the nation in the disproportionate imprisonment of minorities. Minnesota now has the largest disparity between black and white imprisonment rates of any state in the nation: a ratio of 19:1.
Thank You Dr. Jack Shepard
I hope my compliant can foster better community relationship between the Black, Hispanic Communities and the police.
The goal of my complaint is for your Civil Right Division, of the U. S Department of Justice to investigate my complaint; with the goal of having the Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Departments: End their use of suspicion less stops, suspicion less frisks, and searches without probable cause of the Black and Hispanic people of Minnesota.
Such stop, frisk, and search policies violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures and disproportionally impact innocent Blacks and Latinos. They are humiliating and can be traumatic.
They are also ineffective and foster community resentment against the police.
Police departments of St. Paul and Minneapolis must establish explicit guidelines outlining the specific, limited circumstances under which the
Fourth Amendment permits a stop, frisk, and subsequent search, and train officers on the guidelines annually.
No pedestrian or motorist shall be detained beyond the point when there is no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, and no person or vehicle shall be searched in the absence of a warrant, a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirement, or the person’s informed voluntary consent.
I wish the Black and Latino Communities create a more friendly and trusting relationship in the future; and they the Police in their neighborhoods.
Police Departments Should Cease Using Raw Numbers of Stops, Citations, Summons, and Arrests as a Metric to Measure Their Productivity and Effectiveness in Serving Communities and Addressing Crime
The Bureau of Justice Assistance should take the following steps to reform the existing JAG process:
Cease including marijuana possession arrests as a performance measure for purposes of federal funding
Ensure that federal funds are not provided or used by state and local law enforcement agencies to make arrests for marijuana possession
Require law enforcement agencies receiving federal funding to enforce a ban on racial profiling and document their pedestrian and traffic stops, arrests, and searches by race, ethnicity, and gender (designating money for data collection if needed)
Reform performance measures to include factors such as the numbers of citizen complaints, surveys measuring community satisfaction with the police, including community views on the legitimacy and fairness.
Thank You Dr. Jack Shepard
Via R. Marenco 20 “temporary work address”
Rome, Italy 00124
a legal resident of the State of Minnesota
phone # 651 222 9838
Email Middle_East@jackshepardspecialenvoy.us
I hope my compliant, will help you correct this civil rights violation it will foster better community relations between the Black and Hispanic Communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the police.
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https://plus.google.com/114656029571658725193 Chris Drew : The Tories and Human Rights The Conservatives have been having a dig at the Human Rights Act again recently...
The Tories and Human Rights
The Conservatives have been having a dig at the Human Rights Act again recently, going as far as pledging to scrap it. The Act (passed by the UK Government in 1998) guarantees the following rights in UK Law: The right to life Prohibition of torture Prohibit...
The Tories and Human Rights
The Conservatives have been having a dig at the Human Rights Act again recently, going as far as pledging to scrap it. The Act (passed by the UK Government in 1998) guarantees the following rights in UK Law: The right to life...
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https://plus.google.com/113196938031294378772 EJ Legal : Scottish politicians unhappy about Conservatives plans for UK Human Bill of Rights It is unclear whether...
Scottish politicians unhappy about Conservatives plans for UK Human Bill of Rights

It is unclear whether a British bill of rights would automatically apply north of the border, because the Human Rights Act is enshrined in the Scotland Act of 1998 which set up a devolved Scottish Parliament.
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https://plus.google.com/104155914688889904627 Noel McDermott Psychotherapy : Informed blog "Tory Plans to Repeal the Human Rights Act: the Legal Community Responds – the Human Rights...
Informed blog "Tory Plans to Repeal the Human Rights Act: the Legal Community Responds – the Human Rights Roundup" | UK Human Rights Blog http://ow.ly/D0QgM
Tory Plans to Repeal the Human Rights Act: the Legal Community Responds - the Human Rights Roundup
Welcome back to the UK Human Rights Roundup, your regular kicking collection of human rights news and views. The full list of links can be found here. You can find previous roundups here. Links com...
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https://plus.google.com/107500312252241004415 Anna R Korula : So also about the UK's Human Rights Act and his stance on the Human Rights Court, which demonstrates...
So also about the UK's Human Rights Act and his stance on the Human Rights Court, which demonstrates a deeply flawed understanding of all of it.
David Cameron making ‘historic’ mistake over EU, says José Manuel Barroso
The UK prime minister plans to impose restrictions on the free movement of citizens from EU member states
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https://plus.google.com/118239874036452981497 Steven Springthorpe : After a healthy bout of Sunday night drinking festivities I decided, in one of those glorious moments...
After a healthy bout of Sunday night drinking festivities I decided, in one of those glorious moments of lucidity that pepper that path of drunkenness, to have a take away and chose for reasons of convenience, a K.F.C. Nothing like a bit of deep fried chicken after a night on the old drink. When I got home, however, I became rather cross. The chicken was excellent, by the way. In the bag there was one of those silly little hand wipes that no one uses.  I always save them for cleaning my computer screen. But Lo, on the back, since I always read obscure things in this most terrific inebriated state, I read the words "Alcohol free" wipe. It turns out, in actual fact, that K.F.C. has got rid of their alcohol wipes in order to comply with Islamic law. In case you are wondering, I was not visiting a K.F.C.  in Homs, but in the middle of England. Why is a restaurant, I use that word lightly, in England, complying with Islamic law? I suppose the up shot is that no longer will young British Muslims leave these shores to go and fight Jihad in the Syrian Caliphate dust bowl because you can have all the Islamic State benefits here. We have Halal meat shops where animals bleed to death slowly first, a good English tradition this, we have more Mosques than I've had hot dinners, and, if you can't really be arsed to Learn English, and it is a bit of a palaver, we will print everything in Urdu for you. With us doing all this you would think that old "Jihadi John" as he has been Christened, (can I say that?) would treat us a bit more nicely. You know, like not beheading aid workers, for instance. I am being a bit picky, I know. Signs have gone up in London which proudly announces "Sharia Law enforced Zone". And anyone caught drinking or holding hands, i.e. English people, you will be hounded and shouted at. Dear dear. 
I know all this will provoke much anger, and mostly from other Englishmen. Why, is another matter. A gentleman once said on G+ that he wouldn't mind if 3 times as many immigrants came here as this is a small price to pay for keeping the Human rights act. Where would they all live Ken? He didn't think this through! There is so much injustice in this Country in particular. The Conservatives have already announced that they will have all women shortlists for seats. So suddenly, being a man, and Christian, I find my self at the back of nearly every queue. Except at the local footy match buying Faggots and chips. But that is very English. The Premier league celebrates things like Player of the month or whatever with Alcohol free champagne just for the Muslim players. Whatever happened to "When in Rome, do as the Romans do?". When did it turn into "When in Leicester, do as Sharia law says?" Oh well. If you could see an English village in Summer. Cricket on the green. The pub open. Fields and countryside. How can we not want to preserve this? Am I the only person to feel like this? Probably. Oh well. I just get cross. I read about a woman being fired for wearing a Crucifix at work for offending others. In England! I'm not offended by turbans. Churches are being pushed to perform Gay marriage. I'm looking forward to this happening in a mosque. We are just walked over so often.  
Even Angela Merkel says Multiculturalism has failed in Germany because immigrants do not integrate. Well they won't if you translate everything for them and let them all live in ghettos and no go zones. These things breed resentment, and as a consequence people who were not racist yesterday, may become the racist of tomorrow unless something is done. In what other country is the national flag considered racist? Some people have been asked to remove the Cross of St George, in England! You can see why i'm not too chuffed about all this. We will one day be an Islamic state so there is no need to hurry it along. Is it wrong to love your country? Wrong to not want to see all your old heritage and values eroded away?
Is it wrong to not want your child to be the only English student in a class of 40 surrounded by head scarfs and foreign accents where English is the second language, in England? We shall soon see! :-)
I've just finished digging the garden, and now, in a rage, I shall go and rake it!
RIP Great Britain. 
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There are just 200 days to go until the next general election – and it is the most important for a generation.

For four years the British people have worked hard to raise our country out of the mire of recession. These have been long years – but our national effort is finally paying off.
 
We are now growing faster than any other major advanced economy. Record numbers of people are going out to work.
 
We’re seeing new economic life spread across our nation, with exports growing fastest in the West Midlands and employment growing fastest in the North East and North West. All this means more peace of mind for millions of families; more parents coming home after a day of work knowing they are providing for their children.
 
Put simply, our long-term economic plan is working. Great Britain is coming back; and May 2015 is the moment we either continue on that path – or throw it all away.
 
With a Conservative government, you know what you will get. We have already cut the deficit by a third; in the next parliament we plan to clear it completely and run a surplus. We have already seen record numbers of businesses take root here; in the next parliament we are committed to having the most competitive corporate tax system in the G20 – to keep jobs and investment coming to our shores.
 
We have already increased the state pension by £800 – and in the next parliament we will give you the right to pass on your pension to your loved ones tax-free.
 
We have already made some desperately needed reforms in our education system, insisting that children from the toughest estates must have exactly the same opportunities as those in the leafiest suburbs.
 
Today 800,000 more children are learning in good or outstanding schools; and in the next parliament we will ensure that many thousands more get that vital start in life.
 
We have already cut the taxes of 26 million people, and as I announced at our party conference, the next Conservative government would go much further. With us, no one will pay income tax on the first £12,500 they earn, meaning those working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage will pay no income tax. In addition, no one earning less than £50,000 will pay the 40p rate of tax – giving a tax cut to millions of families.
 
And there is more: we would protect the NHS budget and continue to invest; build 100,000 starter homes for first-time buyers; fund three million apprenticeships, so more teenagers start life not by signing on but by striding proudly into a real career.
 
And all of this comes back to one aim: to make Britain a country that everyone is proud to call home. I didn’t come into politics to notch up a few more points on our GDP figures, but to help my countrymen and women live better lives. This is the best nation on Earth – and we have the chance to make it even greater: a place where reward truly follows effort; where your destiny in life is not decided by where you’re from, but how much effort you are willing to put in; where we remain able to provide for the poorest, the sick, the elderly; where there is a sense that morally, culturally and economically our country stands tall in the world.
 
A Labour Britain hardly bears thinking about. Imagine: the international markets wincing as the British government racks up more debt; interest rates and mortgage rates going up; businesses crushed under punishing taxes; jobs leaving our shores; the unions back in Downing Street; diktats and bureaucratic schemes raining down on our schools and hospitals; the sense of a great nation slipping back into decline.
 
All Labour offer is more of the same: more spending, more borrowing, more debt, more taxes. And Ed Miliband does not just have the wrong policies; he has the wrong priorities. In his big conference address, he forgot to mention the critical national task of reducing the deficit. I know the demands of this job, and that is just one glaring warning sign that he is not equal to them.
 
So this is the stark choice at the next election: the Conservatives or Labour. Let no one deceive you that there is a third way. A vote for Ukip is a vote for Labour. That much was proved in the recent by-elections. In Clacton, previously a Conservative seat, Ukip won. In Heywood and Middleton, Labour held their seat.
 
To those considering voting for Ukip on the issues of immigration and Europe, I would point you to our Conservative record. Non-EU migration is now at its lowest levels since the Nineties and we are committed to putting EU migration right at the heart of our negotiations in Europe. That comes from the first British Prime Minister to veto an EU treaty, get the European budget cut, and pull us out of the bail-out schemes that Labour signed us up to. We have also pledged to scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act, ending the era of farcical human rights rulings handed down from Europe. And never forget: it is only the Conservative Party that is offering you that in-out referendum on Europe in 2017.
 
There would be a terrible irony if people who care about these issues voted Ukip – making a Labour government more likely. They would vote for controlled immigration and get the Labour politicians who opened Britain’s borders; who admitted they were “sending out search parties” for migrants. They would vote for change on Europe and get the Labour politicians who signed Britain up supinely to all the treaties and bail-out schemes that were not in our national interest – the politicians who even now refuse to give the British people a say in an in-out referendum.
 
So this is the straight fight next May: the Conservatives or Labour. Me, or Ed Miliband. We can continue with the long-term plan that is working, or wreck the progress we’ve made.
 
To coin a phrase, Britain is on the right track – and we must not turn back. That is our message now and for the next 200 days.
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There are just 200 days to go until the next general election – and it is the most important for a generation.

For four years the British people have worked hard to raise our country out of the mire of recession. These have been long years – but our national effort is finally paying off.
 
We are now growing faster than any other major advanced economy. Record numbers of people are going out to work.
 
We’re seeing new economic life spread across our nation, with exports growing fastest in the West Midlands and employment growing fastest in the North East and North West. All this means more peace of mind for millions of families; more parents coming home after a day of work knowing they are providing for their children.
 
Put simply, our long-term economic plan is working. Great Britain is coming back; and May 2015 is the moment we either continue on that path – or throw it all away.
 
With a Conservative government, you know what you will get. We have already cut the deficit by a third; in the next parliament we plan to clear it completely and run a surplus. We have already seen record numbers of businesses take root here; in the next parliament we are committed to having the most competitive corporate tax system in the G20 – to keep jobs and investment coming to our shores.
 
We have already increased the state pension by £800 – and in the next parliament we will give you the right to pass on your pension to your loved ones tax-free.
 
We have already made some desperately needed reforms in our education system, insisting that children from the toughest estates must have exactly the same opportunities as those in the leafiest suburbs.
 
Today 800,000 more children are learning in good or outstanding schools; and in the next parliament we will ensure that many thousands more get that vital start in life.
 
We have already cut the taxes of 26 million people, and as I announced at our party conference, the next Conservative government would go much further. With us, no one will pay income tax on the first £12,500 they earn, meaning those working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage will pay no income tax. In addition, no one earning less than £50,000 will pay the 40p rate of tax – giving a tax cut to millions of families.
 
And there is more: we would protect the NHS budget and continue to invest; build 100,000 starter homes for first-time buyers; fund three million apprenticeships, so more teenagers start life not by signing on but by striding proudly into a real career.
 
And all of this comes back to one aim: to make Britain a country that everyone is proud to call home. I didn’t come into politics to notch up a few more points on our GDP figures, but to help my countrymen and women live better lives. This is the best nation on Earth – and we have the chance to make it even greater: a place where reward truly follows effort; where your destiny in life is not decided by where you’re from, but how much effort you are willing to put in; where we remain able to provide for the poorest, the sick, the elderly; where there is a sense that morally, culturally and economically our country stands tall in the world.
 
A Labour Britain hardly bears thinking about. Imagine: the international markets wincing as the British government racks up more debt; interest rates and mortgage rates going up; businesses crushed under punishing taxes; jobs leaving our shores; the unions back in Downing Street; diktats and bureaucratic schemes raining down on our schools and hospitals; the sense of a great nation slipping back into decline.
 
All Labour offer is more of the same: more spending, more borrowing, more debt, more taxes. And Ed Miliband does not just have the wrong policies; he has the wrong priorities. In his big conference address, he forgot to mention the critical national task of reducing the deficit. I know the demands of this job, and that is just one glaring warning sign that he is not equal to them.
 
So this is the stark choice at the next election: the Conservatives or Labour. Let no one deceive you that there is a third way. A vote for Ukip is a vote for Labour. That much was proved in the recent by-elections. In Clacton, previously a Conservative seat, Ukip won. In Heywood and Middleton, Labour held their seat.
 
To those considering voting for Ukip on the issues of immigration and Europe, I would point you to our Conservative record. Non-EU migration is now at its lowest levels since the Nineties and we are committed to putting EU migration right at the heart of our negotiations in Europe. That comes from the first British Prime Minister to veto an EU treaty, get the European budget cut, and pull us out of the bail-out schemes that Labour signed us up to. We have also pledged to scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act, ending the era of farcical human rights rulings handed down from Europe. And never forget: it is only the Conservative Party that is offering you that in-out referendum on Europe in 2017.
 
There would be a terrible irony if people who care about these issues voted Ukip – making a Labour government more likely. They would vote for controlled immigration and get the Labour politicians who opened Britain’s borders; who admitted they were “sending out search parties” for migrants. They would vote for change on Europe and get the Labour politicians who signed Britain up supinely to all the treaties and bail-out schemes that were not in our national interest – the politicians who even now refuse to give the British people a say in an in-out referendum.
 
So this is the straight fight next May: the Conservatives or Labour. Me, or Ed Miliband. We can continue with the long-term plan that is working, or wreck the progress we’ve made.
 
To coin a phrase, Britain is on the right track – and we must not turn back. That is our message now and for the next 200 days.
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There are just 200 days to go until the next general election – and it is the most important for a generation.

For four years the British people have worked hard to raise our country out of the mire of recession. These have been long years – but our national effort is finally paying off.
 
We are now growing faster than any other major advanced economy. Record numbers of people are going out to work.
 
We’re seeing new economic life spread across our nation, with exports growing fastest in the West Midlands and employment growing fastest in the North East and North West. All this means more peace of mind for millions of families; more parents coming home after a day of work knowing they are providing for their children.
 
Put simply, our long-term economic plan is working. Great Britain is coming back; and May 2015 is the moment we either continue on that path – or throw it all away.
 
With a Conservative government, you know what you will get. We have already cut the deficit by a third; in the next parliament we plan to clear it completely and run a surplus. We have already seen record numbers of businesses take root here; in the next parliament we are committed to having the most competitive corporate tax system in the G20 – to keep jobs and investment coming to our shores.
 
We have already increased the state pension by £800 – and in the next parliament we will give you the right to pass on your pension to your loved ones tax-free.
 
We have already made some desperately needed reforms in our education system, insisting that children from the toughest estates must have exactly the same opportunities as those in the leafiest suburbs.
 
Today 800,000 more children are learning in good or outstanding schools; and in the next parliament we will ensure that many thousands more get that vital start in life.
 
We have already cut the taxes of 26 million people, and as I announced at our party conference, the next Conservative government would go much further. With us, no one will pay income tax on the first £12,500 they earn, meaning those working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage will pay no income tax. In addition, no one earning less than £50,000 will pay the 40p rate of tax – giving a tax cut to millions of families.
 
And there is more: we would protect the NHS budget and continue to invest; build 100,000 starter homes for first-time buyers; fund three million apprenticeships, so more teenagers start life not by signing on but by striding proudly into a real career.
 
And all of this comes back to one aim: to make Britain a country that everyone is proud to call home. I didn’t come into politics to notch up a few more points on our GDP figures, but to help my countrymen and women live better lives. This is the best nation on Earth – and we have the chance to make it even greater: a place where reward truly follows effort; where your destiny in life is not decided by where you’re from, but how much effort you are willing to put in; where we remain able to provide for the poorest, the sick, the elderly; where there is a sense that morally, culturally and economically our country stands tall in the world.
 
A Labour Britain hardly bears thinking about. Imagine: the international markets wincing as the British government racks up more debt; interest rates and mortgage rates going up; businesses crushed under punishing taxes; jobs leaving our shores; the unions back in Downing Street; diktats and bureaucratic schemes raining down on our schools and hospitals; the sense of a great nation slipping back into decline.
 
All Labour offer is more of the same: more spending, more borrowing, more debt, more taxes. And Ed Miliband does not just have the wrong policies; he has the wrong priorities. In his big conference address, he forgot to mention the critical national task of reducing the deficit. I know the demands of this job, and that is just one glaring warning sign that he is not equal to them.
 
So this is the stark choice at the next election: the Conservatives or Labour. Let no one deceive you that there is a third way. A vote for Ukip is a vote for Labour. That much was proved in the recent by-elections. In Clacton, previously a Conservative seat, Ukip won. In Heywood and Middleton, Labour held their seat.
 
To those considering voting for Ukip on the issues of immigration and Europe, I would point you to our Conservative record. Non-EU migration is now at its lowest levels since the Nineties and we are committed to putting EU migration right at the heart of our negotiations in Europe. That comes from the first British Prime Minister to veto an EU treaty, get the European budget cut, and pull us out of the bail-out schemes that Labour signed us up to. We have also pledged to scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act, ending the era of farcical human rights rulings handed down from Europe. And never forget: it is only the Conservative Party that is offering you that in-out referendum on Europe in 2017.
 
There would be a terrible irony if people who care about these issues voted Ukip – making a Labour government more likely. They would vote for controlled immigration and get the Labour politicians who opened Britain’s borders; who admitted they were “sending out search parties” for migrants. They would vote for change on Europe and get the Labour politicians who signed Britain up supinely to all the treaties and bail-out schemes that were not in our national interest – the politicians who even now refuse to give the British people a say in an in-out referendum.
 
So this is the straight fight next May: the Conservatives or Labour. Me, or Ed Miliband. We can continue with the long-term plan that is working, or wreck the progress we’ve made.
 
To coin a phrase, Britain is on the right track – and we must not turn back. That is our message now and for the next 200 days.
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The Government - i.e the Tories - want to abolish the Human Rights Act. Here is what it protects - which bits do they have a problem with? 
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