Human rights, not criminal rights

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I admit that I was mistaken on the European court of Human Rights. I know leaving the EU won’t change our stance on Human Rights. I know we were a founding member, indeed it has been very good for building Europe into the fair democracy it is now.

However, quoting Councillor Jack Scott, where he states, “our rights to life, education, appeal, and a fair trial”, he doesn’t realise that it is not this that annoys people.

Let’s take some of the members of the European Convention on Human Rights.

How about Russia, with their stance on homosexuality. Although not illegal, the persecution, and often torture of these people, is often dismissed by the Russian authorities and the human rights brigade.

How about Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Given the recent influx of immigrants form these countries to the UK, quite a large percentage from the Roma community, I am also concerned how these people, said to be one of the most persecuted races on the planet were also treated in their native country. A lot state that they can finally send their children to school here, as they were not allowed to do so in their own countries. They can also be employed fairly, without racist persecution.

What worries me and also angers me is that we are allowing a convicted murderer to have his day in court, pondering whether his human rights are in breach, and we are unable to deport foreign murderers and rapists because they have a family here and it might hurt their feelings. It seems that the people who are truly persecuted and have had their human rights breached are not always the focus. We would sooner give the rights to a criminal than somebody who cannot help the race they are or their sexual orientation.

I feel that there are member states of the Convention on Human Rights, who are a lot less liberal than us and would treat certain people with utter contempt.

Should we be part of an organisation that to many normal people like me is often abused by people who know they are in the wrong, but use this so- called higher power as a get-out-of-jail-free card?

I know we need to keep the human rights act, but you have to see it from a public perspective and not from a piece of paper in a filing cabinet.

Matthew Hobson

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