In agreeing to enfranchise UK prisoners, we forget that voting is more than a right   Leave a comment

This artcle was written in Feb 2011 for Open Democracy

A decision by the European Court of Human Rights on giving prisoners the vote in the UK is causing controversy. Following a case taken to the ECHR in 2004 by a prisoner, John Hirst, the government is being advised to enfranchise prisoners in time for the May elections or face substantial compensation payouts. Hirst had won his case by arguing that not being allowed to vote while in prison was a breach of his human rights.

The rest of this article can be found here: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/suzy-dean/in-agreeing-to-enfranchise-uk-prisoners-we-forget-that-voting-is-more-than-righ

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Posted February 4, 2011 by suzydean in Constitutional Reform

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