Konservativt opgør med universelle menneskerettigheder

I går skrev jeg om, hvordan det britiske valg giver grund til optimisme, fordi det peger frem mod en kommende opsplitning af Det forenede Kongerige i tre-fire selvstændige nationer.

Nu viser det sig, at der måske er endnu større grund til at glæde sig over resultatet af det britiske valg. Fra Russia Today:

Newly appointed Justice Secretary Michael Gove will push ahead with Conservative plans to repeal the Human Rights Act…

Although the Tories were keen to push ahead with the legal changes during their last term in government, the move was blocked by the party’s ex-coalition partner the Liberal Democrats. But as a majority government, the Conservatives are now poised to push ahead with the reforms.

Central to the Tories’ election manifesto was a pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA) and significantly curb the power of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Britain. The legal reforms are expected to surface in PM David Cameron’s plans for his first 100 days, which will be outlined in the Queen’s Speech on May 27.

Under these changes, the Conservatives would replace the HRA with a Tory-styled British Bill of Rights. Britain’s Supreme Court would no longer be answerable to the ECHR, with the Strasbourg-based court losing the power to order changes to UK law.

Og videre:

Considerable doubt exists among experts that the Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog responsible for ensuring the Convention is upheld, will accept the Tories’ proposals. As a result, it is widely believed Britain will disengage from the European Convention on Human Rights and undermine Europe’s’ civil liberties framework in the process.

En såkaldt ekspert mener dog ikke, at UK vil trække sig fra Den Europæiske Menneskerettighedserklæring, ganske enkelt fordi det er for svært for en EU-delstat at gøre det. I stedet vil UK “take a harder line with decisions from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and may lobby other members of the Council of Europe to reform the Court.”

De britiske konservatives sabelraslen mod Den europæiske Menneskerettighedserklæring kan blive et første skridt væk fra universelle menneskerettigheder og et skridt tilbage til nationale frihedsrettigheder. Men under alle omstændigheder vil den kommende ballade om den britiske kurs svække EU’s evne til at handle som en samlet blok mod den stadigt mere tydelige alliance mellem de illiberale stormagter Rusland og Kina.

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