Fri, 13/05/2011 - 12:00 | News Team
A new survey has shown the majority of people agree with the British National Party’s stance on the Human Rights Act. Three quarters of Britons feel the Human Rights Act is being used too widely, while 64 per cent think human rights should not be protected for people who break the law.
Just over half of people questioned, 51 per cent, think the Human Rights Act is bad for British justice.
The study of over 2,000 people, commissioned for ITV1's Tonight programme, comes at the same time as an independent commission – set up by the Government to examine human rights legislation – begins work.
It follows the case of Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, an Iraqi asylum seeker, who ran over twelve-year-old Amy Houston and left her to die under the wheels of his car in Blackburn in 2003.
He served just four months in jail and wasn’t deported, despite his asylum claim being rejected, because of Human Rights laws. An immigration judge ruled that Ibrahim was allowed to stay in the country because he had established a "family life" in England by fathering two children here.
Amy’s father, Paul Houston, believes the Human Rights Act should be redrafted to balance people's rights with their responsibility to obey the law.
He said: "Everybody has human rights; that's what they're saying. So what I am saying is with those rights comes responsibility. If you are irresponsible, then you deserve to lose those rights."
For years the British National Party has campaigned for an end to the 1998 Human Rights Act and withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, both of which are exploited to abuse Britain’s hospitality by the world’s scroungers. As Mr Houston himself put it, the Human Rights Act is nothing but a “charter for thieves, killers, terrorists and illegal immigrants”.
We would introduce a new British Bill of Rights that would guarantee certain basic civil liberties and fundamental freedoms to British people.
Before he was elected prime minister, David Cameron pledged to abolish the Human Rights Act if the Conservatives came to power; unsurprisingly, that has transpired to be just another promise he has reneged on.