European Court says UK prisoners have right to vote, cites human rights treaty
The European Court rules that the disenfranchisement of 48,000 convicts in British jails violates the European convention on human rights.
by Peter Wagner, October 6, 2005
UK prisoners should get vote, European court rules
Thursday October 6, 2005
“Laws setting out who can and cannot take part in elections are to be rewritten after the European court of human rights today ruled in favour of giving British prisoners the right to vote.
“Ruling in the case of a former prisoner against the United Kingdom, the Strasbourg court said the disenfranchisement of 48,000 convicts in British jails violated the European convention on human rights.
“It said that with the exception of the right to liberty, lawfully detained prisoners continued to enjoy all the rights guaranteed in the convention – including political rights and freedom from inhumane and degrading punishment.” ….
See the full story on the Guardian website.
Thank you to Rick Lines at the Irish Penal Reform Trust for the heads up about this exciting news.