Dominic Raab sparks row with conference pledge to end ‘nonsense’ of Human Rights Act

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Dominic Raab has vowed to end the “nonsense” of the Human Rights Act, claiming the law is allowing dangerous criminals to escape justice.

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The government will “overhaul” the act before the next general election, the new Justice Secretary confirmed – though he declined to say it would be repealed.

To great enthusiasm, Mr Raab attacked “criminals abusing human rights laws”, taking up the alleged example of “a drug dealer convicted of beating his former partner”.


“A man who did not pay maintenance for his daughter then successfully avoided deportation to claim the right to family life,” he said at the conference.

“It is totally perverse that someone convicted of domestic abuse can claim the right to family life to crush the public interest in deporting him from this country.

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“We have to put an end to this nonsense. Before the next election, we will amend the Human Rights Act to end this kind of abuse and restore some common sense in our justice system.”

But Mr Raab was immediately accused of a “cynical” use of violence against women to justify an attack on a law protecting women’s rights.

Gracie Bradley, director of the campaign group Liberty, protested: “This government is using extreme cases to take action that would undermine all of us’ ability to hold the government accountable and ensure our rights are respected.

“We have to remember that the Human Rights Act is a tool we can all use. It helped the families of those killed in the Hillsborough disaster to secure justice for their loved ones.”

Ms Bradley continued: “It is actually quite cynical for Dominic Raab that that instance of violence against women, domestic abuse, is being used as a justification for changes to the Human Rights Act, when it seeks to protect women’s rights. plays an important role in ensuring

“It was also a time when we were having really painful conversations about these abuses of power in relation to violence against women,” she said.

Mr. Raab is responsible for reviewing the Human Rights Act, following his resignation as Foreign Secretary following the Afghanistan debacle.

It is needed in the headlines to weigh in on the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, a longtime source of Tory anger.

Supporters of the act fear he will be overtaken by his more liberal predecessor, Robert Buckland, who was sacked last month in a reshuffle of Boris Johnson.

Back in 2009, Mr Raab said: “I do not support the Human Rights Act and I do not believe in economic and social rights,” a clip discovered by Labor revealed.

In her speech, the Justice Secretary said that making communities safe and making women feel safe to walk home at night is her “number one priority”.

He reaffirmed the expansion of the use of electronic tagging of drunk and drug users and said prisoners could help reduce staff shortages, a move that would again reduce crime rates as well.


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