Issue 3: 2015 May 21; letter

21 May 2015


The Human Rights Act

Sirs, I was disappointed to see the otherwise excellent and balanced “Shaw Sheet” falling under the spell of the little Islanders with the suggestion that the Human Rights Act gives the European Court of Human Rights jurisdiction in the UK. The UK was one of the first signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights and accepted the rights of individuals to take cases to Strasbourg in 1966. This right was made compulsory for all signatories to the Convention in 1998. The Human Rights Act simply brings that right on shore as it were. To divest ourselves of any oversight by Strasbourg the UK would have to withdraw from the treaty and I hope that this is not the intention of Mr Cameron or his party.

Natasha Broke


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