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Assange, Activist deportation and British Bill of Rights

Legal pieces from the press this week

Assange Lawyer: UK and Sweden 'Violating International Law'

The United Kingdom and Sweden are “clearly violating international law” for refusing to grant Julian Assange medical attention outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London without arrest, a lawyer for the WikiLeaks has stated.

Assange, who has been living in asylum in the embassy for over three years, has been suffering from a “deep pain” in his right shoulder since June, for which his doctor has advised a magnetic resonance imaging scan.

U.K. authorities have said that they will arrest the Australian national if he leaves the embassy to seek medical treatment, which Assange’s legal team says is an affront on his human rights.

Read more at Telesurvtv.net

Activist faces deportation from UK

Lawyers for Hungarian-born man say Home Office threat appears to be illegal and jeopardises right to peaceful protest.

Daniel Gardonyi, a political activist arrested but not charged during peaceful protests is facing illegal deportation from the UK, his lawyer has claimed.

It is thought to be the first case of its kind and has raised serious concerns that the right to peaceful protest, which is enshrined in English law, is being eroded.

Gardonyi’s solicitor, Daniel Furner, said parts of the letter to Gardonyi threatening to deport him appeared to be unlawful. “It appears that our client has been specifically and systematically targeted as a result of his peaceful, political activities in the UK.”

Read more at The Guardian

British Bill of Rights to be fast-tracked into law by next summer

The Government is planning to fast-track the creation of a British Bill of Rights, aiming to get the hotly contested legislation on to the statute books by next summer.

MPs thought the Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove, would delay the Bill, which would scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act (HRA), until later this Parliament, because it warranted only 12 words in the Queen’s Speech in May. A Bill of Rights was a manifesto pledge, but is opposed by civil liberties groups that think it will restrict freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The HRA incorporated the ECHR in British law. Many, predominantly Conservatives, believe the HRA has been misinterpreted, so that decisions in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg could be regarded as taking precedence over the UK’s Supreme Court. For example, the UK bans prisoners from voting, which Strasbourg says contravenes the ECHR.

Read more at The Independent

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