Tory plans to axe human rights laws will remove obligation on state to protect its citizens, says Keir Starmer

Posted: February 22, 2014 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

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Conservative plans to axe human rights laws will mean that the state no longer has a duty to take “positive steps” its citizens, according the country’s former top prosecutor

In a clear attack on the Tories – who want to scrap the Human Rights Act – Keir Starmer said that “those who advocate the repeal or replacement of the Human Rights Act should think long and hard about the effect that would have on victims”.

Speaking to law students Cardiff University, Mr Starmer – who was Director of Public Prosecutions from 2008 to 2013 – said: “It is often thought that civil liberties and human rights are two sides of the same coin.

“They are not. Civil liberties protect the individual from the state by restricting the circumstances in which the state can interfere in the affairs of its citizens.

“Human rights, in contrast, not only protect the individual from…

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