Post Tagged with: "ECHR"

What Do We Do About Prisoner Voting?

What Do We Do About Prisoner Voting?

October 25, 2013 at 9:30 am 0 comments

by Peter Smith: Parliament has a choice: amend the blanket ban or defy the European Court of Human Rights. A constitutional show-down is almost inevitable. Lest anyone thought the problem of the blanket ban on prisoner voting had gone away, the UK Supreme Court this week reminded politicians that they […]

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European Court Leads Europe Closer Towards a Right to be Killed

European Court Leads Europe Closer Towards a Right to be Killed

May 21, 2013 at 3:00 am 0 comments

by Paul Coleman: For several decades the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has taken an evolutive approach to the meaning of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the notion that the Convention is “a living instrument” now appears to be uncontested. Nevertheless, the Court’s evolutive approach towards assisted […]

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When Is a Church Not a Church?

When Is a Church Not a Church?

March 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm 0 comments

by Paul Coleman When is a church not a church? The answer – when the government says so. At least this is the case in several European countries, where a multi-tiered system is strictly operated and only the entities that reach the top tier are officially recognized as churches. While […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Censored’ by Paul Coleman

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Censored’ by Paul Coleman

January 18, 2013 at 4:30 am 0 comments

by Peter Smith Censored: How European “hate speech” laws are threatening freedom of speech By Paul Coleman Kairos Publications, €9.90/ $13.25 164 pages Available in hardcopy & ebook The residual philosophical position taken today about free speech – what can be said, when, and to whom –  is that anything […]

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Reasonably Accommodating Religious Beliefs

Reasonably Accommodating Religious Beliefs

October 12, 2012 at 7:00 am 1 comment

by Peter Smith Widen the scope for religious freedom so employees don’t have to quit their jobs. In each of the cases discussed in my previous articles (see here and here), the need for litigation could have been avoided completely if a proper accommodation of religious practices was accepted. Both […]

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The European “Right” to a Healthy Child

The European “Right” to a Healthy Child

October 10, 2012 at 9:00 am 0 comments

by Paul Coleman One of the great science fiction movies of modern times is Gattaca. More than being brilliantly shot, well-acted and supported by a moving soundtrack, the themes it explores are chillingly relevant for the times in which we live. Set in “the not too distant future,” the movie […]

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Religious Freedom at Work

Religious Freedom at Work

October 1, 2012 at 7:00 am 2 comments

by Peter Smith Religious freedom in the UK is being tried and tested, and its protections have been found wanting. Last time, I considered the cases of Ewedia and Chaplin, who were prevented from wearing crosses as jewellery whilst at work. Two other conjoined cases were heard at the same […]

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Ripping Off The Necklace

Ripping Off The Necklace

September 20, 2012 at 10:30 am 2 comments

by Peter Smith Who decides what a valid religious practice is, and is it really better to be unemployed if an employer changes an employee’s terms and conditions? For the past few years, four cases have been winding their ways through the judicial system in Britain, and this month they […]

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