Life imprisonment against human rights?


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This story in the news today has stunned me, so much so that I felt like having my two Penney worth.

Jailing Britain’s most notorious murderers forever breaches THEIR human rights, European court rules

I cannot believe it. Surely if you break the law, you forsake your rights, specially if you take someone else’s life.

Inmates responsible for some of Britain’s most gruesome and depraved murders have been told they will never be released.

They include Moors murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children with Myra Hundley in the 1960s, Steve Wright, dubbed the Suffolk Strangler after killing five prostitutes in Ipswich, and Dennis Nilsen, who killed 15 men and boys from 1978 to 1983.

The Grand Chamber found that for a life sentence to remain compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights there had to be both a possibility of release and a possibility of review.

It raises the prospect of around 50 convicted killers told they will die behind bars now having the chance to challenge their sentence.

I cannot understand how there are so many arguments these days about prisoners rights. If I was to be old fashioned here for a moment, prison should be punishment should it not? I have taught children who have deliberately gone out and offended because they want to be caught. When I asked them about this, they said that it is because prison is better than their real life.

Is this not a deeper rooted problem that should be sorted, rather than putting a sticking plaster on a broken leg?

I found this article, which is an interview with some children talking about what should happen to murderers, an interesting read.

They talk about restorative justice, which is often bandied about but I haven’t heard it used in a structured way. They also talk about the death sentence: should a person have the right to live if they have taken a life? There are many quotes in the bible that suggests that it was thought that they shouldn’t.

Exodus 20:13 You shall not kill.
Leviticus 24:17 And he that kills any man shall surely be put to death.

Should the court of human rights have ruled that it is inhumane to sentence someone to life in prison? Is going to be a huge discussion topic, however, I don’t agree with it.

I would love to hear what you think?

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