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#1 -Richard

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:39 AM

The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Britain once again for banning prisoners from voting, while ruling that inmates who challenged the ban were not entitled to any compensation.


The court in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday recognised moves to change the law in Britain but said the blanket ban remained and was still in breach of the right to free elections enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights.


The case was brought by 10 prisoners who were automatically banned from voting in elections to the European Parliament in 2009 because of their incarceration.


The European rights court has condemned Britain several times since 2005 for its legislation on prisoners voting.


It has said individual countries should be able to decide which inmates should be denied the right to vote, but that a total ban is illegal.


David Cameron, the prime minister, has said the idea of giving prisoners the vote makes him feel "physically sick".


In their ruling on Tuesday, the European judges said they recognised that the government had published a draft bill to address the court's concerns.


A parliamentary committee examined the bill and in December recommended that prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less should be eligible to vote.


However, the judges noted that "given that the impugned legislation remains unamended, the court cannot but conclude that... there has been a violation" of the human rights law.


The 10 claimants had made a claim for compensation and costs for bringing the case, but the judges rejected this.


A spokesman for Britain's justice ministry said: "The government has always been clear that it believes prisoner voting is an issue that should ultimately be decided in the UK."


He said, however, that the government was considering the recommendations from the parliamentary committee.


"This is not a straightforward issue and the government needs to think carefully about the recommendations, which included new options for implementation."




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Posted 13 August 2014 - 01:58 PM

I don't want prisoners to vote. I think they forfeit that right when they do something that demands they be removed from the general population for the safety of everyone else. 


Apparently there's roughly 825,000 people in the UK in prison. 


Party Seats Seats
change Votes  %  %
change   Conservative 297[6] +92 9,908,169 39.5 +3.8   Labour 191 -87 7,042,398 28.1 -7.4   Liberal Democrat 43 -4 6,076,189 24.2 +1.3   Green 1 +1 258,954 1.0 -0.1   Speaker 1 0 22,860 0.09 - Turnout: 25,047,355 65.5

If they all voted (highly unlikely) they could massively impact things

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#3 -Richard

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:25 PM

if you are guilty of a crime you should fourfit your human rights.   i dont see the problem here, **** these guys


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:35 PM

This isn't hard. Tell them that you have to be able to reach a voting booth, and since you can't even go take a **** in your own bathroom, voting is most certainly out of the question.


Done. End of story.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:01 PM

Is Britain in England?