Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Court of Appeal judgment.

On the day when Tony Blair said:
"We will not win the battle... Global extremism unless we win it at the level of values as much as force and unless we show we are even-handed, fair and just in our application of those values to the world." (See this Guardian article)
... the Court of Appeal called his own governments anti-terrorist control orders 'draconian'.

The court found that control orders, which confined 6 terrorist suspects to their flats 18 hours a day imposed under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, were contrary to the article 5 of European Convention of Human Rights. Article 5 guarantees the right to liberty of the person. Fore more on the judgment these article from the Times and Guardian.

I support of the Court of Appeal's judgment as control orders deprieve individuals of their liberty without trial.

The European Convention of Human Rights is not a strongly worded document and is actually a very weak a protection of liberties. Yet, the British government finds it increasingly difficult stay within its limited boundaries.

Tony Blair is right when he argues that the West most win its struggle with extremism at the level of values and not force. It is, however, hard trust him when his own government attacks fundamental liberal values such as no indefinate detention without trial.


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