Posted 07/11-08 at 11.35
As disabled people are waiting for the UK government to fully support the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People, Jack Straw wants to introduce a new law with more emphasis on duties and responsibilities, and not only on rights. The European Convention on Human Rights has been made British law when the Human Rights Act was passed.
Straw is arguing that it is worth bringing together British rights and duties in one document to build on the existing controversial Human Rights Act, the legislation passed a decade ago which incorporates the European convention on human rights into British law. Straw believes that Britain's unpopular human rights law could be made more palatable if a new bill balanced the existing emphasis on rights with a new emphasis on duties and responsibilities.
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