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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The UK Constitution shall have an Equal Protection Clause that guarantees that no law shall treat people unequally.  Obviously there will be some carved out exceptions in statutes, such as young children being legally forbidden from voting or driving, etc...   The UK Constitution shall also have a Due Process Clause, that ensures that no person shall be deprived "due process" of the law. Below I re-worded the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause as found in the 14th Amendment...

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Protection of Net Neutrality As technology advances Internet rights become increasingly more important for people globally, not just in Britain, therefore the protection of our rights online need to be codified into a constitution. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web, is one of many computer scientists to come out against attacks on net neutrality. “Let us protect the neutrality of the net." -Tim Berners-Lee What is net neutrality for those who do not know?...

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Suggested constitution clause: 'Every individual is free to have no religion and to express non-religious ideas.  No individual shall be discriminated against in law by reason of having no religion or expressing non-religious ideas.' (And this shall either be a stand-alone clause or built into equality and freedom of thought and expression clauses.  The LSE team can no doubt make the final decision on that.  I suggest that any further comments and votes simply consider the merits of...

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  1.       The State shall promote the welfare of the people by securing and protecting an effective social order in which justice and equality shall inform all the institutions of the state.   2.       The State shall safeguard the economic interests of vulnerable sections of the community, and, where necessary, contribute financially to support such persons.      

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Although the right for "freedom of speech", "freedom of the press", and the right to "peaceful assembly" are self evident human rights, we cannot take it for granted that the government may not try to suppress these rights someday.  As such, these rights must be written into the UK Constitution.   "Parliament shall ensure that the people have the right to freedom of speech, and of the press, and the right of the people to peaceably assemble, except as prescribed by law and is absolutely...

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Peaceful political protest is recognised as the right of every citizen and as a legitimate part of the democratic process. The state at every level is required to facilitate such protest. The right to protest may be exercised in any public place or in any private space generally open to the public and serving a similar purpose to that of a public street or square during the time when the  space is usually open to the public....

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Suggested constitution clause: 'Everyone has the right to be presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty of a crime by a court of law.  That right shall extend beyond the concluded trial of an acquitted person and the state cannot cast doubt on any acquittal.' The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is usually consdidered to be a fair trial right.  It has however, rightly in my view, been extended by the European Court of Human Rights to cover events which follow an...

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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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"Parliament shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of any religion".  The right to "freedom of religion" also may seem to be a self evident fundamental human right today, but it too cannot be taken for granted that future governments will respect that right.  Although there is no present reason to believe that that right won't be respected, unfortunately, English history and British history are full of examples in which someone practicing the "wrong" religion was persecuted....

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The public interest should be recognised in the Constitution as a legitimate defence for those who break the law in non-violent ways - whistleblowers and environmental activists for example - in pursuit of what they consider and the court recognises to be the public good.

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