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Qatada: May Pledges To Scrap Human Rights Act
Theresa May has pledged that a Conservative government would scrap the Human Rights Act, which she claims has stopped Britain from deporting the radical preacher Abu Qatada.
The Home Secretary also went so far as to indicate the Conservatives could go further by pulling out of its European obligations on Human Rights altogether, an association dating back more than 60 years.
Ms May, who is being touted as a possible future Conservative leader, told Tory activists that the party must "consider very carefully our relationship" with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
She said that Britain must stop human rights laws interfering with its ability to protect the nation.
She pointed to the case of Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe, who was on Saturday returned to custody following his arrest for allegedly breaching his bail conditions.
Ms May said that the Strasbourg-based court had constantly moved the goalposts on Britain's request for his deportation to Jordan.
"We need to stop human rights legislation interfering with our ability to fight crime and control immigration," she told the Victory 2015 conference.
"That's why, as our last manifesto promised, the next Conservative government will scrap the Human Rights Act, and it's why we should also consider very carefully our relationship with the European Court of Human Rights and the convention it enforces.
"When Strasbourg constantly moves the goalposts and prevents the deportation of dangerous men like Abu Qatada, we have to ask ourselves to what end are we signatories to the convention?"
She added: "So by 2015 we'll need a plan for dealing with the European Court of Human Rights. And yes, I want to be clear that all options - including leaving the convention altogether - should be on the table."
The Government is to make a bid at the Court of Appeal on Monday to overturn a judge's decision to allow Qatada, who has been convicted of terrorism charges in Jordan, to remain in Britain.
Ms May made her comments to Tory grassroots as part of a wide-ranging speech in which she also said that she expects the Conservative's public sector reform agenda to "become even more radical" and could include allowing companies to make a profit delivering frontline services.
The country's most senior judge, Lord Neuberger, last week pointed out that if Britain was to scrap the Human Rights Act and end its association with the European Convention on Human Rights, it would also have to withdraw from the United Nations.
He pointed out that it is under the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights that terrorists could not be deported to countries where they might be subjected to poor treatment.
Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, said: "She says she wants freedom yet she wants to abolish the Human Rights Act which protects freedom of speech, freedom from torture and freedom of religion.
"And she wants to pull out of the European Convention which is protecting basic freedoms in emerging democracies across Europe and has nothing to do with her failure in deporting fewer foreign criminals."
what do you think?
Some people, those far more cynical than me, would suggest that Qatada's re-arrest was conveniently timed.
Lets take away everybody's rights 'cos we don't like one bloke. Don't most fascist dictatorships try that stunt?
Margaret I think you miss the point this man is a REAL threat
The sheep are not impressed :(
Just a thought. If you are a law abiding citizen and you live a wholesome life, why would you need Human Rights legislation? The UK did without this legislation form many many years. We still had rights and were given them.....
Firstly as Human Right legislation is an EU Directive I do not think she can scrap it though it does need drastically reforming. Qatada simply highlights the problem and played it to the full using the current HRA - it is not as suggested because of one man or our political system.
The human rights laws are a farce. They protect the worst of the worst. But lets tackle the real problem which is our immigration. How about rehoming these people in a british colony ....... Say the falklands. Still protected by british law and then hand it and its occupants to the argies?! Meanwhile all the falklanders can be rehomed here and given all the support that we bestow onto terrorists. Meanwhile scrap out immigration laws and start again using the ausie model? Let france and belgium take the ones with no skills for a change
if this really does happen cherie blair and hubby will be spittin feathers. but dont hold your breath
If she wants to capture votes at the next election don't wait to till then to scrap the bill..Deport him now, the most the EU can do is give the UK a slap on the wrist and they have admitted as much. The French have been doing it for years. I've said before that the Germans make the rules,the UK obeys them,the French ignore them and the Italians don't know they exist.
I think you'll find the Liberal part of the Coalition government would never agree to this. The Tories will have to wait until they can form a Government on their own, (if that ever happens).............
It does i think come down to our far to lax imigration laws seems no matter if u came here legally or not u can do and say what u like and even be a threat 2 natiional security and theres no law that can deal with you because you have human rights but the people of this country surely have the right to be defended against the terrorist threat
As long as some people can avail themselves of much smarter lawyers than those of our so called government I fear such individuals will still be in our country for a long time yet.
The humans rights act is the only good thing about being in Europe. May wants to get rid of it cus she isn't human herself much like most of the tories.
Why wait till 2015 to repeal this dangerous to Britain human rights act. surely if they can find time to implement same sex marriage repeal the laws of succession and introduce a devious secret courts system along with other laws nobody wants, they can do something the majority want instead of satisfying their masters in Europe and minority pressure groups.I firmly believe Camerons handlers dont worry at all whether he serves another term theres 2 other parties they control just as much as the tories, how people vote is no concern to them.HR repeal along with a vote on Europe, a control on immigration would amost assure them another term..............but their handlers say no.
What do passive sheep need a human rights act for anyway? Don't worry the politicians will look after us won't they? just like shepherds.
(1) who let him in to the uk in the first place.(2)he would be in jorden or gitmo if he was in the states
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I will repeat again. The HRA does not prevent May from deporting Abu qatada. May's lack of backbone is theonly thing stopping her. Don't fall for this con and let them repeal the HRA because once it is done they can treat us in any way they desire. Don't trust the MPS to treat us benignly when they can treat us malignly - because they won't. Don't think if I gave nothing to hide so I have nothing to fear because you have. Don;t think it won't happen to me because it will. Don't think they won't come for me because they will and when they do there may be no one there to help you. This is the thin end of very thick wedge, don't let it be driven between us.
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The voice of reason,well said Teresa may is full of hot air she hasn't deported anybody who is a threat to this country, she dare not defy Strasbourg or an judges ruling no wonder Abu qatada is always got a smile on hid face
now we start to see why its convenient to have terrorists so the state can put its jackboot up are backsides
Scrap the Human rights Act by all means (we did all right before it was brought in) but leaving the European convention on Human Rights would be wrong in my view. There was a time when the last port of call was the said Convention and if you lost then it was tough the same as if you won but you had to have a pretty good case to answer. Now everybody trots out the 'Human Rights' as a matter of course for anything!
Few typos there, sorry 'bout that.
Some people, far more cynical than I, could suggest the timing of Qatada's arrest was convenient.
The deportation issue is a smokescreen designed to whip the sheep up into a moralistic frenzy of bleating against undesirable individuals. Then the government can scrap the HRA and commit offences against British citizens with impugnity. What protection would there be for British citizens from a government that does not like to be criticised. Like Belarus, which has no HRA, citizens can be locked away for dissent. Without the Human Rights Act, how can we guarantee this won't happen?
What is required is a situation where by individuals who choose to break the law, agree to waive their human rights by doing so. Those who don't break the law have human rights and those who break the law have through their actions chosen to waive their human rights. No need to scrap the act, just put the responsibility back on the individual. For those unable to take responsibility due to age or capacity, their responsibility needs to be owned by another, who ensures responsibilities are met. Problem with the UK is that everyone is always looking for someone else to blame, rather than taking personal responsibility and being accountable for their actions.
The uk must be the onley place in the world that pays convected terrists to love here .