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 clause (if you are interested in the most basic international child rights, they come from a UN convention): 'Children and Children's Rights Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights set out in the Appendix of Children's Rights to this Constitution and the state has the responsibility for guaranteeing these Children's Rights. Appendix - Children's Rights Best interests of the child The best interests of the child must be a top priority in the state's...

Ian Smith
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The Constitution should have different sections within the document.  The Sections I can think of are as follows: +  The Preamble +  Government Powers/Limits of Government Powers +  Bill of Rights +  Miscellaneous Constitutional Amendments   Naturally, each section shall have sub-sections (such as powers of the Government, powers of the Parliament, powers of the Judiciary).  Perhaps a section on the Monarchy as well. By having different sections for different concepts, at least...

John Z
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Suggested clause for the constitution (many thanks to AndrewCullyer, from whom I have borrowed most of the wording): 'Parliament shall create a legal framework for dealing with the following: euthanasia, living wills, capacity, wardhsips of minors for medical treatment, the creation of life with the help of science and gene modifications and therapies.' Idea behind the suggested clause: he constitution should enshrine principles of and a framework dealing with: - life and death...

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

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
by Suzanne Fletcher
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Suzanne Fletcher

Many laws seem to focus on the rights of accused criminals:  the right to fair trial, trial by jury, right to silence, etc…  Even Criminal Law class in Law School focuses on the rights of the accused.  This present proposal is not intended to take away from those rights, but rather to create Constitutional rights to the victims of crime (the people generally forgotten by the legal system).  As far as the legal system is concerned, the victim is a witness for the prosecution seeking a...

John Z
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Final proposal:   ' individuals shall have the right to privacy and the right to communicate without interception.' The concept of privacy, both offline and online, and the ability to communicate privately and without interception by government agencies is slowly being degraded in favour of blanket surveillance. Our right to communicate with friends, family, business colleagues or contacts, or strangers for that matter, via email, text, instant message, telephone, skype, social...

Tom Peach-Geraghty
by Tom Peach-Geraghty
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Tom Peach-Geraghty

The UK obviously has a long history of constitutional law going back to the Magna Carta of 1215 and a bill of rights from 1689. However It can be argued that they need to reviewed and edited and presented as a set of holistic reforms to set the UK up for the 21st Century.  To unambiguously reaffirm some basic principles to remove any possibility of them being undermined at a later date by the state:   Human Rights – UNCHR good place to start but to include (but not limited to):...

Faisal Ahmed
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Faisal Ahmed

Final proposal:  "Individuals with mental illnesses shall be afforded the same dignity and respect as those individuals with physical illnesses. As such, funding decisions for treatment, support and research shall consider all types of impairment equally and without bias."   With the increasing prevelance of mental illness in society, perhaps caused by the stresses of modern life or age-related dementia, the age-old taboos against the mentally infirm are still affecting all levels of...

steveg33
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Our constitution desperately needs to affirm the rights of the citizen over the rights of the corporation. Trade agreements like the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) reflect the political establishment's total contempt for public opinion and accountability - as well as UK sovereignty.  Such vital trade agreements should be subject to the highest standards of public scrutiny - not decided behind closed doors in London or Brussels....

Harry Blain
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Harry Blain

Enlightenment Values, not ‘British’ Values Whilst there are many values to be drawn from the Enlightenment there is no consensus in favour of the many principles born during the Enlightenment. Some of these principles divide along ideological lines too plainly and can cause conflict where conflict is unnecessary; therefore I have selected ideas and principles that the plurality of people can agree on regardless of your particular ideology or school of thought. This will be a necessary...

Kristopher Cussans
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