Rights and Duties

Is it high time the UK had a bill of rights like the US?

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Should the constitution specify the duties of a citizen? Should any of these duties be enforced and how? Is it high time the UK had a bill of rights like the US? If we were to leave the European Union which of your rights would you want to be protected?

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Suggested constitution clause (in the criminal justice section): '- Nobody should be compelled to testify against themselves; - Confessions obtained under duress are inadmissible in courts of law; - Nobody should be convicted solely upon their own confession.'

Ian Smith
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Second revision: First revision: Rights that in the future will be considered fundamental to democracy, but are unknown due to 1. the problem hasn't arised that demonastrates the need for the right, or 2. society hasn't reached the requisite circumstances in which that right is revealed, i.e. The right to uncensored Internet could only be known after the Internet was created and was beginning to be used, will be protected with a clause which states "Any rights deemed fundamental to a...

Trevyn Case
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  1.      Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.   2.      Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of...

ConstitutionUK
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In addition to the right to freedom which I have described in a previous proposal (General Right to Freedom), there are other basic rights of every person, regardless of status or financial means, which the government of the day should be required to ensure are met: Clean air Clean water in sufficient quantity for drinking, cooking and basic cleanliness Adequate wholesome food Shelter Sanitation Adequate protective clothing Basic health care & basic social care for the disabled Access...

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Forget ideologies and party politics, we have a moral duty to come together in unity and do all we can to minimise what is to become the defining issue of our lives: Climate Change. We need to put in place a framework which gives the tools and accountable obligation to those in power to tackle an issue that if not dealt with, could become an ireversible and fatal threat to our futures. This is about action on climate change: Ensuring those in power cannot make it a side issue, ignored,...

Abel McLinden
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Abel McLinden

Magna Carta says that "no free man shall be imprisoned without a trial or the judgement of his peers".  However in the UK we regularly imprison those seeking sanctuary in our country on the instruction of a government official (Home Office), without trial, without right of appeal, and for an indefinite time. Those in the UK who are imprisoned for breaking the law are only there because of a fair trial, and apart from life sentences know how long they are in prison for.  This indefinite...

Suzanne Fletcher
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Suzanne Fletcher

The constitution should state categorically that the currency of the United Kingdom must have intrinsic value, such as the gold standard. The depreciation of the sterling over the time, the printing of money without any benchmark such as gold and the distribution of that money to institutions that favour the rich to acquire assets before its buying power is weakened is a deception and theft from the people of Britain.  

James Smith
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 VERSION 1: 1.   Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2.   There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic wellbeing of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection...

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"No person shall be subject to an unreasonable search or seizure of their house, their person, or their effects". With this right, if a Court of law rules that a search or seizure was unreasonable (and thus illegal), then any evidence, contraband, etc... that is discovered from that "unreasonable search or seizure" shall be inadmissable as evidence in a criminal proceeding.  

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Proposal: ' No one may be subject to any kind of punishment by any organ of government unless and until they have been found guilty in a properly constituted court of breaking the law' The bill of rights should include a provision that no one may be subject to any kind of punishment by any organ of government unless and until they have been found guilty in a properly constituted court of breaking the law. This would mean the end of various punishments and restrictions introduced by recent...

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