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
by Ian Smith
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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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Suggested clause: ' No individual shall be deprived of all means of subsistence nor forced unnecessarily into a position of dependency by the operation of law.' Idea behind the clause: No individual should be deprived of all means of subsistence.  In practice this means, for example, that even bankrupts should be left with the tools of their trade and other similar rights which successive governments can define and refine.

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Phase 2 Version (first draft): Every individual who has rights of citizenship by birth shall have a right ('their birthright') to inherit, directly or indirectly, a fair share of the nation's stock of private residential, agricultural and industrial land. The law shall define what constitutes a fair share with due regard to: the principles enshrined in this constitution; the need for efficient allocation and effective stewardship of the nation's primary natural resource; people's...

Malcolm Ramsay
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Malcolm Ramsay

Many of the debates highlight very interesting questions about the very nature of rights.   My point here, which I hope will lead to useful discussion in one place, is that ... Rights are not rights until we declare them to be so ... because there are no such things as incontrovertible rights only interests which various people and governments have characterised as "fundamental" or "absolute" rights

Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

The need for a bill of rights, to protect those rights for ourselves and future generations from political interference. To be binding on all future governments and to establish the absolute rule of law.   Rather the add verbiage to ideas and discussions, I felt it might be better to address these points, brought up by Shahriar and Imogen directly in one place. (1) why you think ordinary acts of parliament cannot adequately protect the right to privacy; and Because any parliament can...

Trevor Pearson
by Trevor Pearson
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Trevor Pearson

The European Convention on Human Rights, is like other major human rights treaties, as good a starting point as any for deciding on what "rights" we should have.  It has served our people very well over the years.  For a long time, we the people brought many cases to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about arbitrary and unfair UK laws and behaviour.  A good example is corporal punishment in schools which was finally outlawed in the UK as a result of a case brought by a UK child....

Ian Smith
by Ian Smith
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Ian Smith

Proposal: Any person is free to do anything he or she wishes, with the following exceptions: (a) He or she must not significantly harm, or seriously risk causing harm to anyone else against that person's will. (b) He or she must not cause unnecessary suffering to any sentient being (c) He or she is a minor or by reason of mental incapacity is to have decisions taken on their behalf, and in their best interests (d) He or she is serving a sentence of imprisonment.   Various rights...

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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...

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Suggested clause for the constitution: 'All individuals should be free to emigrate from the [UK] and give up their [UK] nationality.  The [UK] has a responsibility to ensure that any individual who is rendered stateless by exercise of this right is not unreasonably refused [UK] nationality in the event that the individual applies to become a [UK] national again.' '

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