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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Amnesty International highlights dangerous path being trodden by the UK

We are well used to Amnesty International producing reports on dodgy and restrictive regimes around the World, but it is less common that they turn their attention to the United Kingdom. The UK Government therefore should sit up and take notice.

The Independent tells us that Amnesty believes that the UK is setting a “dangerous precedent” to the rest of the world by undermining the human rights of its own citizens at the same time as continuing to supply arms to questionable regimes such as Saudi Arabia.

They says that the Government's commitment to repealing the Human Rights Act, its reluctance to open the UK's borders to Syrian refugees and proposals for the mass surveillance of UK citizens are all criticised in Amnesty International's annual global analysis of 160 countries and territories:

The Conservatives committed to replacing 1998's Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights ahead of last year's general election. The Government has yet to unveil the details of the changes, but the UN has described the move as “profoundly regrettable” and has raised concerns that repealing the Act could have an impact on the country's most vulnerable people.

The Amnesty report also criticised the draft Investigatory Powers Bill – which it said could “threaten human rights” by opening the door to the mass surveillance of citizens' internet habits and phone records – and the Trade Union Bill, which it said would make it more difficult for workers to exercise their right to strike.

“The UK is setting a dangerous precedent to the world on human rights,” said Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen. “There’s no doubt that the downgrading of human rights by this Government is a gift to dictators the world over and fatally undermines our ability to call on other countries to uphold rights and laws. People around the world are still fighting to get basic human rights and we should not let politicians take our hard-won rights away with the stroke of a pen.”

The report also notes the UK’s continued reluctance to “share responsibility” for the increasing number of refugees arriving in Europe from Syria, pointing out that it was accepting far fewer people than some other countries, and criticises the Government's continuing arms exports to Saudi Arabia in the face of claims that the country may be responsible for atrocities in Yemen.

This is all very embarrassing of course. I wonder if David Cameron is comfortable at being placed in the same group as some of the World's more dodgy dictatorships.
A propos of your last paragraph, David Cameron may or may not be much exercised by the company he and the ministry of terror (aka the Home Office) are keeping but the numerous Tory MPs for the backwoods are perfecty happy with the situation.
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