Blanket prison vote ban 'breaches ECHR'
Government plans to offer MPs the option of a blanket ban on prisoner voting are in breach of a European Court of Human Rights' ruling, officials said today.
Ministers have announced plans to include three options in their prisoner voting draft bill, including an option to maintain the current outright ban.
But the committee of ministers in Strasbourg, which oversees the ECHR, has confirmed this final option would breach the UK's obligation to comply with the court's judgements.
Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan this morning called on the media to end the “sensational reporting” around the Human Rights Act.
Writing for PoliticsHome on the 64th anniversary of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, he argued the Act had benefited the media in the past, and hoped that post-Leveson a more “rounded and accurate picture of the HRA’s pros and cons will emerge”.