May risks handing terrorists their 'greatest victory', warns Liberty

By staff writers
June 7, 2017

The civil and human rights organisation Liberty, has warned that Theresa May could "hand terrorists their greatest victory" if she changes human rights laws to tackle terror suspects.

The Prime Minister said yesterday (6 June 2017) that if elected, she will change human rights laws if they "get in the way" of tackling suspected terrorists.

In a speech to activists in Slough on Tuesday evening, Theresa May said: "I mean longer prison sentences for those convicted of terrorist offences. I mean making it easier for the authorities to deport foreign terrorist suspects back to their own countries.

"And I mean doing more to restrict the freedom and movements of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat, but not enough evidence to prosecute them in full in court.

"And if our human rights laws get in the way of doing it, we will change the law so we can do it."

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: "Our human rights laws are the legacy of World War Two, the brainchild of a Conservative Prime Minister and drafted by British lawyers. They're a beacon of hope for those still fighting for basic rights elsewhere. And, most importantly, they continue to help ordinary people all over this country – from trafficking victims to the Hillsborough families.

"If Theresa May does what she threatens, she will go down in history as the Prime Minister who handed terrorists their greatest victory. For cheap political points and headlines, she is willing to undermine our democracy, our freedom and our rights – the very things these violent murderers seek to attack.

"All this and we'll be no safer – our security services and police already have vast powers to tackle terror and hate speech and monitor those they suspect of doing us harm."

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