UK to dumb down human rights and Data protection in Europe

Statewatch has today published a damning critique of
crucial EU proposals on suspects' rights in cross-border criminal proceedings,
data protection in the area of police and judicial cooperation, and the
expulsion of migrants from the EU. 

Four detailed Statewatch
analyses of the draft EU measures show the extent to which powerful member
states are driving down standards of human rights protection in the creation of
the so-called EU “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice”.

Two of these
measures – suspects' rights and data protection – will be discussed by the
Member States at this week's Justice and Home Affairs Council (19-20 April
2007), as reported here earlier today. 

The UK along with Germany are specifically mentioned
in this analysis, and where for once
Europe is attempting to protect the
rights of citizens, the
UK and Germany are limiting the use of the
ECHR and the Data Protection laws.

The proposed EU
Framework Decision on suspects' rights is still opposed by a group of Member
States, led by the

The proposed EU
Framework Decision on data protection has been amended by the German
Presidency, in order to reach an agreement, so that many important principles
of data protection law have been dropped and the Framework Decision has been
limited in scope so as to in effect exclude the issue of data transfer outside
the EU. But a group of Member States, again led by the
UK, is seeking to limit the scope of the
proposal still further.

A proposed
Directive on expulsion was weakened at Member States' insistence to reduce most
of the procedural safeguards for individuals, and was then removed altogether at
the behest of the German Presidency.

full press release and analysis can be read here.

parties should be asking questions in the House as to why our government is not
protecting the rights of
UK citizens in drafting
European legislation which will become law in the

The reasons of course are simple. Without dumbing down the European legislation, the UK would be limited in its ability to impose Big Brother tools and data sharing.



– Destroying
from the inside out.



About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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