Liberty News – Four Campaigns: Four Actions

I notice that the Liberty organisation is planning to focus on four new campaigns:

For Their Eyes Only

No Snoopers’ Charter

Common Values

Extradition Watch

It’s all very commendable but it’s a shame that Liberty still haven’t addressed the ongoing inequality issue regarding British Citizenship by Descent. However, looking at the details about the “Common Values” campaign – Human rights are about dignity, equality and respect – it would seem appropriate and indeed justified to include the Campaign for Citizenship Equality!

About the Human Rights Act:

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998. It means that you can defend your rights in the UK courts and that public organisations (including the Government, the Police and local councils) must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.
 
and:
 
 
All of the rights and freedoms contained in the Human Rights Act must be protected and applied without discrimination.
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One Response to Liberty News – Four Campaigns: Four Actions

  1. Ants Fujinaga says:

    The problem is that they interpret this as banning discrimination only if it affects another of the rights expressly protected in the ECHR. In other words, to activate article 14 one first has to identify a right in another article which one has been denied because of discrimination. For instance, I can’t use article 14 to cover the fact that I am legally denied my father’s British citizenship, because as an EU national I can live, study and work in Britain (which I have done). If I were non-EU and my father lived in Britain and I were unable to join him there because of the discriminatory British citizenship law, I might be able to make that claim. What they are effectively saying is that discrimination in and of itself is ok, and it’s only wrong if it has a specific set of practical effects.

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