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Growing use of Human Rights Act should be controlled: UK judge

London , Fri, 17 Jun 2011 ANI

London, June 17 (ANI): A senior British judge has said there is a need to control the growing use of the Human Rights Act or it will be increasingly opposed by both government and Parliament.


Baroness Hale of Richmond also suggested that European judges might have got it wrong when they ruled that prisoners should have the right to vote


In a speech, Lady Hale, a Justice of the Supreme Court, said there were "natural limits" against the application of the European Convention on Human Rights.


"As a supporter of the Convention and the work of the Supreme Court, my plea to them is to accept there are some natural limits to the growth and development of the living tree. Otherwise, I have a fear that their judgements and those of the national courts which follow them, will increasingly be defied by our governments and Parliaments. This is a very rare phenomenon at present and long may it remain so." Lady Hale was quoted, as saying by The Telegraph.


The views of the judge could boost the Prime Minister, David Cameroon to defy the European Court of Human Rights and refuse to give prisoners the vote. MPs voted overwhelmingly in February not to give prisoners the vote.(ANI)


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