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Ripping Up The Rulebook On Human Right
Theresa May should Defend, Not denigrate, Human Rights (CCSS Level: Grade 10, Words: 345)
Jun 12, 2017 World News
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It has been widely reported that in the final days of the United Kingdom's election campaign, Prime Minister Theresa May made "a dangerous, ill-judged, and unwarranted attack on human rights laws", suggesting that they can by an "obstacle to tackling terrorism".

"After the horrific Manchester attack, Theresa May clearly and commendably asserted:" Let us remember those who died and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win - and our values, our country and our way of life will always prevail. Yet just weeks later, in an astonishing U-turn, she threatened to tear up the very rights she claimed to hold dear," said David Mepharm, UK director at Human Rights Watch.

Theresa May has signalled changes to antiterror legislation and human rights. The Prime Minister explained "I mean longer prison sentences for people convicted of terrorist offences. I mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terror suspects to their own countries."

However many feel that the day politicians say they'll tear up human rights if they get their way is a day for us all to be afraid.

Human rights activists say that the laws are not there for the powerful to dispense with when it's politically convenient. They're there to protect ordinary people and uphold the basic standards of a civilised society. They feel that human rights laws do not get in the way of tackling terrorism, because governments can and do deport dangerous people all the time, because national security interests can outweigh their rights, and the police and intelligence agencies have a plenty of existing powers to watch, search, detain and imprison terrorists and those that help them.

"Human rights and the rule of law are what distinguish democratic, free societies from terrorists and despots alike," said Mepharm. "They should be jealously guarded and defended, not denigrated and undermined. Blaming them is lazy and irresponsible - it leads to policies that don't work, lets cowardly politicians distract from their own failings and poisons our communities with discrimination and division," he added.

Which intention is NOT contained in the Declaration on Human Rights?
to add difficulties for police to identify terrorists
to uphold the basic standards of a civilised society
to protect ordinary people
to ensure freedom of expression
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