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Interesting development on prisoners’ votes

Posted in rule of law, voting by ukliberty on March 2, 2009

Regulars may recall my article on how the Government responds to adverse judgements.

Jailhouselawyer informs me that the Association of Prisoners is going to put pressure on the Government in relation to Hirst v UK, the judgement handed down in October 2005, three years and three months ago, that the blanket ban on the right of a convicted prisoner to vote violates Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights:


The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.

For more detail see jailhouselawyer’s comment, the current headline article on insidetime, and this Guardian article from November.


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