UK must curb influence of European human rights rules, says Braverman | European Court of Human Rights

Ministers must take “radical action” to counter the influence of European human rights rules to curb a burgeoning industry of high-paid equality officials exposing false grievances, Suella Braverman, the UK government’s chief public prosecutor, has argued.

The attorney general said it was “a national priority” to free the UK from the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, saying the court’s interventionist approach to rights issues could endanger democracy .

Braverman, who campaigned for the conservative leadership on a platform that focuses heavily on culture war issues, said the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which the UK has signed and is being interpreted by the Strasbourg court, limited action of vital importance. is, among other things, in the field of stopping protests and deporting foreign offenders.

In a forcefully-worded speech to the right-wing Policy Exchange think tank, Braverman focused on what she said was “a culture in which fringe campaign groups, claiming to champion rights, have demanded a morale feat and adopted an attitude of intolerance” .

“Often with hugely inflated salaries and armed with a Newspeak dictionary, they have created powerful citadels of grievances in the public sector and massive breakthroughs in the private sector,” she said.

“Equality laws have been misinterpreted and armed to fight those who challenge their views as perpetrators of hate speech and call for them to be quickly unplatformed or canceled.”

Completely removing the UK from the ECHR, whose rights were enshrined in UK law in 1998 with the Human Rights Act, is considered particularly difficult, not least because the ECHR was an integral part of the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to North America. Ireland.

In June, the government pledged to introduce a new British Bill of Rights in the UK, saying it would significantly reduce the influence of the ECHR and the European Court of Human Rights.

Asked about efforts to decouple UK law from Strasbourg during a Q&A following her speech, Braverman claimed this was possible using national law, saying: “So we can find legislative means. I think it’s something we can do.” certainly support it in the future, with our Bill of Rights.”

She added: “I think it is a national priority. It’s something I talked about in my short-lived bid to be the leader of this party. We have to do what it takes, and ultimately we have to be ready to take radical action, because I think that’s what the British people expect.”

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All in all, Braverman argued, there was a “serious risk that the fight for rights undermines democracy”, saying the UK now had “a ‘rights culture’ in a way that did not exist before 1998”, when the Human Rights Act was hired .

She cited three examples of how rights groups, she said, abused the current system: trying to prevent deportations of foreign offenders; allowing human rights considerations in lawsuits such as one in which four people were acquitted of criminal damages for overthrowing a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol; and tackling trans rights in schools.

In a lengthy section on the latter issue, Braverman said it was perfectly legal for schools to refuse to admit a child who identified themselves as transgender, and not to use a child’s favorite pronouns, or to have them wear a certain uniform. bear, if they are biologically their birth gender.

She said: “The right not to be discriminated against on the basis of gender reassignment is not the same as the right to access services for the opposite sex.”

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