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Thank God for Human Rights

In Matteo Bergamini on November 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Matteo Bergamini attacks the decision to give prisoners the right to vote. Where are the rights of the victims?

Human rights… best bit of legislation ever created. It is a clear cut document listing all of what the state can’t take away from anyone. It’s a bit of legislation that protects an individual from the claws of the state. Or is it that it protects a criminal from the hands of justice? Here’s a very recent case that might put to light this baffling argument.

A criminal named as Peter Chester was given 33 years in prison for rape. When in prison he went to register to vote, the local election registration officer refused, but with assistance of legal aid, PAID FOR BY YOU! He appealed against the high court’s decision of banning from voting.

Another criminal named John Hirst, who was convicted of manslaughter in 1980 said “You can’t start saying some people have human rights while others do not.” When Andrew Neil graphically explained what he did to go to prison and re-asked the question “why should someone such as you be given the vote?” Mr Hirst simply laughed and said “it’s the government in the dock here not me” He went on to say “You do not suspend human rights; you have no authority to do so.”

No one has the right to take the life of another human being; it’s one of the founding laws of our nation. It has always been the case and will always be the case. No one has the right to suspend ones human rights either, they are fundamental, some argue god given, rights. However if someone decides to take it upon himself to remove the human rights of another person, should the guilty be allowed to keep his? The European Court of Human Rights says no matter what one does the state cannot remove their human rights, regardless if that person removed the human rights and the lives of other citizens. As you can imagine some in the UK do not share such a view. The Prime Minister himself said he felt “Physically ill for giving criminals the vote.” And  the mother of Donna Marie Gillbanks says “to look after people like me, the victims, instead of the criminals” at which point she also added “Where are my daughter’s human rights?”

Mrs Gillbanks is right in asking, where are her daughters human rights when she was violated then strangled? Her daughter’s human rights were crushed. What about the rapist’s human rights? He got to keep his and got legal add, courtesy of the state, simply because he is seen by the EU as being segregated and bullied by the state. This should not be the case. There should be no difference between affairs regarding two humans and affairs regarding a human and the state. If someone takes it upon himself to remove the human rights of an individual there is no logic in the world that would defend that person in keeping his human rights other than bad legislation.

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  1. Simply cannot agree more; the fact is that criminals have broken laws, if they want to commit illegal acts and break the laws of the State then they should not and must not be granted the rights and civil liberties that the State can guarantee. If this “bill” does become law, then it will be a travesty of justice.

  2. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

    You are arguing that removing Millbanks human rights was downright disgusting, correct? Would it not follow to say what you are proposing is no better?

    • Edward ur statement makes no sense, how can wat matteos proposing be “no better”? His suggestion is that with law breaking u surrender ur human rights not that they are taken away. The quote at the start of your statement also lacks any purpose to the remainder of your comment.

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