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Britain Human Rights Act: Scrapped

Posted on: June 2, 2015

Britain Human Rights Act: Scrapped

Family visitor visas being abolished.

A niece of mine living in London bought 3 airplane tickets 6 months ago for her grandmom, her mother and her father to celebrate her PhD graduation in July.

She sent the visas applications to the British embassy in Lebanon.

Supposedly, the British consulate would grant visas for her family.

After 2 months of gathering and translating tons of documents that visas required and spending over $500 and time spent on the visas hassles, the British consulate in Amman (Jordan) turned down the applications. (Since when British embassy has no consulate in Lebanon?)

It turned out that after the submission of the application the rules changed and no family visit is allowed. And no reminder given in the emails for these “infamous reforms”

Total lack of transparency. The ultimate attitude of heaping indignities on foreign people wishing to visit Britain.

A new round of applications, gathering documents, translating documents and spending money is to be contemplated in order Not to waste the over $3,000 on airplane tickets.

Britain and France have occupied Lebanon for over a century, and still they lack the necessary employees who can read and speak Arabic in their institutions.


Scrapping the 1998 Human Rights Act introduced by Labour does not mean that British courts would no longer have to apply the European convention on human rights.

British citizens would still be able to take cases to the European court of human rights, and its case law and the principles of the convention would still be in force in UK courts.

Britons who want to bring cases would, however, no longer be able to have them heard by a high court first.

Instead, they would face delays and extra costs in taking cases directly to Strasbourg. Before the 1998 Act “brought rights home”, it took an average of five years at a cost of £30,000 to go to Strasbourg.

But what about a British bill of rights? If a British version were to be introduced to replace the Human Rights Act, it could restore the right of domestic courts to hear cases in this legal milieu without the need to go directly to Strasbourg.

Some Labour politicians argue that if all it means is putting a British badge on the Human Rights Act, then they are fairly relaxed about the development.

But it will depend on how the British bill of rights is written.

If it is regarded as an opportunity to remove some human rights and becomes “HRA minus”, then the challenge for its supporters would be to state what rights they wish to take away from British citizens.

Apart from questions such as the right of certain prisoners to vote, they have so far proved reluctant to specify them.

Some human rights campaigners take a positive approach to a British bill of rights, claiming it is an opportunity to extend the HRA to include a right to healthcare or education.

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily shared this link
May 27, 2015

Family visitor visas being abolished, new surveillance bill and scrapping the human rights bill makes me think that the UK government is moving further away from democracy and closer than ever towards dictatorship…/scrapping-human-rights-act-bri……/security-services-investigator…

David Cameron pledges that a Tory government would scrap Labour-introduced statute and replace it with a British bill of rights

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