European Court of Human Rights retreats but doesn’t surrender on prisoner votes – UK Human Rights

Posted May 23rd, 2012 in elections, human rights, news, prisons, rule of law by sally

“The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that states must allow for at least some prisoners to vote, but that states have a wide discretion as to deciding which prisoners. This amounts to a retreat on prisoner votes, but certainly no surrender. As I predicted, the court reaffirmed the principles set out in Hirst No. 2, that an automatic and indiscriminate bans breach the European Convention on Human Rights, but also reaffirmed that it was up to states to decide how to remove those indiscriminate bans.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2012