HUMAN RIGHTS: Human rights and wrongs
Derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights has been discussed as a way of cracking down on asylum seekers. But if derogation is a legal possibility, could it lead to human rights being rolled back in other areas, asks Declan O'Dempsey
At the start of this year there was a suggestion that the Government might seek to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This was because Home Secretary David Blunkett felt that the convention – incorporated in UK law by the Human Rights Act – limited his freedom of action in dealing with asylum seekers. While this may just be the product of a government responding to a media outcry, derogations are a possibility.
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