Skip to comments.UK obstructing EU accession to human rights convention (good for the UK)
Posted on 04/22/2012 11:28:26 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The United Kingdom is obstructing attempts by European Union institutions to accede to the European Convention of Human Rights, British center-left MEP Richard Howitt has said.
"The United Kingdom in a working group in the council for the past year has at every stage dragged out and tried to delay recommendations on the accession," Howitt, the assembly's rapporteur on human rights, told EUobserver over the phone on Thursday (19 April).
"At first it was France and the United Kingdom; now it's just the United Kingdom. It's shameful," he added.
EU institutions obliged themselves to accede to the convention, a 60-year old international treaty on respect for basic rights, under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.
EU member states are already signatories. But individuals or companies who feel the European Commission, for example, has caused them a grievance cannot take it to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the guardian of the convention, as things stand.
The UK is at the same time trying to weaken the ECHR's mandate to make it into more of an advisory-type body for member states.
It aims to replace its own so-called UK Human Rights Act with a new Bill of Rights, which would absolve it of complying with court rulings.
For their part, British MEPs from the ruling Conservative Party say the ECHR has got too big for its boots and has begun to interfere with national sovereignty.
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