Theresa May 'ready to curb human rights laws to fight extremism'

Armed police officers patrol on the streets of London

Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions who oversaw dozens of terror cases, said Theresa May was misguided to focus on human rights law rather than policing cuts.

THERESA MAY, the UK Prime Minister, has been branded "reckless and misinformed" by Amnesty International after she pledged yesterday (Tuesday 6 June) that her government would consider altering the Human Rights framework in the fight against terror.

"As we see the threat changing, evolving becoming a more complex threat, we need to make sure that our police and security and intelligence agencies have the powers they need... if our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it", May said, as quoted by the Sky News broadcaster.

"The danger is on the eve of an election, politicians will sometimes try and do something that looks good but we all know doesn't do us any good".

Dr Sally Leivesley, managing director of Newrisk, a London-based risk consultancy, said a critical issue for the United Kingdom government is to legislate in such a way that behaviour and intention to act against the state fall within the law and can lead to prosecution.

May argued for longer prison sentences for convicted terrorists, making it easier to deport suspects and restricting the freedom of movement of suspects who are known threats, but may not have enough evidence against them for a conviction.

The Prime Minister told a Tory rally she was ready to scrap any laws that got in the way of preventing jihadis waging war on Britain.

"All she would do is reduce freedom, not terrorism".

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"In these three attacks I think it's very important, and we owe it to everyone who has been so seriously affected to take seriously the real problems, which are: Is there an evidence gap?"

And while May's Conservative Party has maintained a lead over the opposition Labour Party in the polls, the margin has tightened over the past month.

Nations can opt out of obligations "to secure certain rights and freedoms under the Convention" in a "temporary, limited and supervised manner" when embroiled in emergency situation, according to a factsheet published by the ECHR today. "Our Human Rights Act protects our rights".

The Guardian report further said that the Theresa May government appears to be mulling over strengthening the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) instead of going back to Labour's control orders which were repeatedly struck down by the courts.

May also told the Sun newspaper she was considering increasing the time suspects can be held without charge to 28 days. One of the most vocal opponents to the change was David Davis, now the Brexit secretary. It was reduced to 14 days under the coalition in 2011 - when May herself was home secretary.

"We have been very careful with regard to lawfulness and ensuring that, wherever possible, Muslims do not feel discriminated against", said Buckingham University professor of security and intelligence Anthony Glees.

"As a country, our response must be as it has always been when we have been confronted by violence", she said on Sunday.

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