Johnson prepares a law to be able to ignore decisions of the European Court of Human Rights

The Government of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, plans to present this Wednesday in Parliament a bill that will allow the judges of the United Kingdom not to implement some decisions and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The new Bill of Rights will make it explicit that the highest court on human rights issues is the UK Supreme Court and that injunctions issued by the Strasbourg Court, such as those that last week blocked the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda, will not be binding.

The Minister of Justice and British Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab, assured in a statement prior to the publication of the law that his intention is not to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights, whose compliance guarantees the ECHR, an outside international court to the European Union founded in 1959. The new legislation will allow judges to ignore ECHR decisions made through the so-called «Rule 39», which the European court defines as «urgent measures that, according to the practices established by the Court , apply only when there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm. “The Bill of Rights will strengthen our British tradition of freedom, while injecting a healthy dose of common sense into the system,” Raab said.

The Strasbourg Court last week froze the first deportations of asylum seekers from the United Kingdom to Rwanda, which has reached an agreement with London to evaluate these demands and offer protection in its territory to those it considers legitimate refugees. After that decision, several conservative deputies demanded that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, leave the country to the European Convention on Human Rights. In this regard, a spokesman for the head of government assured that “all options are on the table.” The new law will also facilitate the deportation of convicted foreigners, by restricting the circumstances in which they can claim their rights to family life to prevent their transfer to their country of origin. It will also lower barriers to increasing the use of segregated detention centers for extremists by limiting appeals based on their right to socialize. The Justice Ministry stressed at the same time that the law will support press freedom by tightening the conditions for judges to force journalists to reveal their sources.

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