DOC ☆ READER On Liberty

BOOK On Liberty

DOC ☆ READER On Liberty Ê [PDF / Epub] ✅ On Liberty Author Shami Chakrabarti – On Liberty is the story of today's threats to our freedoms and a highly personal impassioned plea in defence of fundamental rights from Shami Chakrabarti Britain's leading human rights campaignerOn 11 On Liberty is the story of today's threats to ouRor legislation Chakrabarti shows the threats to our democratic institutions and why our rights are paramount in upholding democracy'Probably the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the pastyears' David Aaronovitch The Times'The undaunted freedom fighter' Observer'The most dangerous woman in Britain' Sun This is Shami Chakrabarti's autobiography of her professional life concentrating mainly on her time at campaigning organisation Liberty In it she discusses many of the pressures that come with occupying legal posts in the Government and in the third sector and offers genuine insight into law is practised in these different settings I really enjoyed these bits of the bookI'm surprised to find myself saying that I enjoyed her extensive discussion and defense of Human Rights Law rather less From my completely non expert position I completely support the principle of Human Rights and haven't heard any convincing argument as to why the Human Rights Act should be changed or repealed But I had two slight problems with Chakrabarti's discussion of the topic in this bookThe first was that I struggled to find consistency in a number of her positions That isn't to say that her positions were necessarily inconsistent just that I as a non expert struggled to see how they were consistent For example Chakrabarti mounted a passionate argument against phone tapping suggesting that this was wrong partly because the evidence was inadmissible in court and investigations should only proceed on the basis of admissible evidence I can see that argument But then Chakrabarti suggested that if evidence is obtained through torture that information should be shared with the Police to assist investigations even though is it inadmissible in Court I'm sure the two positions are consistent at a deeper level for example the intentions of the collection of information the agency of collection etc etc but that wasn't explained There are several examples of this sort of thing which left me feeling a bit unsatisfiedThe second problem I had was with the slightly dismissive tone with which Chakrabarti discussed politics and politicans She and I completely agree that Human Rights Law is crucial but if the population of a country actively or passively votes for repeal of that law then isn't there a moral imperative to consider following through on that All the so if elected representatives are in agreement with their electors Chakrabarti's approach seemed to be to almost ignore the supremacy of the democratic process but never made the reasoning behind this clearSo all things considered this turned out not to be uite the masterclass I had hoped that it would be But still the book makes a passionate and detailed case and is probably worth reading anywayCoI I think I may have been a member of Liberty at some point in the past but don't think I am any though not sure on either count

BOOK Î Ê Shami Chakrabarti

Ed that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly In On Liberty Shami Chakrabarti explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable She shows too the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today Drawing on her own work in high profile campaigns from privacy laws to anti ter Human rights empower the vulnerable and irritate and inconvenience the mighty Thought provoking read can't wait to hear her speak on Thursday

Shami Chakrabarti Ê On Liberty PDF

On LibertyOn Liberty is the story of today's threats to our freedoms and a highly personal impassioned plea in defence of fundamental rights from Shami Chakrabarti Britain's leading human rights campaignerOn September our world changed The West's response to has morphed into a period of exception Governments have decid I HAVE COME TO LOOK MOURNFULLY AT YOU FOR MINUTES ON ENDShami Chakrabarti is a tiny woman it’s hard to tell from the tv screen but I’d say about 8 or 9 inches tall maybe 10 and she is intensely irritating she’s the Tinkerbell of Human Rights always zooming and buzzing around and chucking the dust of moral obligation in your face – that sounds like fun but she has no sense of humour so imagine a glowering Tinkerbell with a copy of the European Convention on Human Rights under her arm In this book she is writing about some of the most gripping and fearful events of the past 15 years and many exciting legal battles but she does it in the dullest way possible Which makes this a very worthy lawyerly and almost completely dispiriting readFor non British readers Shami is the boss of Liberty The Organisation Formerly Known As the Council for Civil Liberties is perpetually locked in battle with the British Government who – whether Conservative or Labour – are constantly trying to degrade British citizen’s liberties privacy and personal integrity in the name of security and the ongoing war with jihadisYOU AND YOUR FLOOKING HUMAN RIGHTSBritish people are mostly driven uite mad by Human Rights because they live in a land where 999% of them are perfectly secure and never come into contact with any government ministry threatening than HM Revenue and Customs so this means the only time they see human rights legislation in action is in a case like that of Abu atada Using colourful language than is her wont Shami says The case of Abu atada still haunts me like a stalker ex boyfriend Everywhere I go the time that it took to get the ranty cleric out of the country is put to me as a classic example of “human rights madness”So this guy is Jordanian but came to Britain in 1993 and claimed political asylum which was granted Nine years later he was arrested as a suspected member of al aeda and aiding and abetting terrorists He was detained without charge for four years under Part 4 of the Anti terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 The British Government did not want to or could not put him on trial in Britain they wanted to deport him to Jordan where that government wished to put him on trial but he claimed that he would be subject to torture if he was sent back there So under the European Convention on Human Rights the British government couldn’t deport himThis is what drove the British public crazy and the British rabid attack dog press headlined the whole sorry saga for years The public couldn’t care less whether Mr atada got tortured or not they just wanted him out of the country and they saw their own democratically elected government powerless to deport himBut this is where Shami pops up and reminds us that torture is serious Oh it is Hmph I’d kind of forgotten that The whole saga kept rolling on – he was released and rearrested several times over the next few years it was a really tortuous legal epic For instance the uestion became not that atada himself would be tortured but that evidence obtained through torture on other persons would be used against him On that point in 2009 the one of the Law Lords at that point Britain’s supreme court said There is in my opinion no authority for a rule thatthe risk of the use of evidence obtained by torture necessarily amounts to a flagrant denial of justice Ie sling the bugger out Finally the case made it to the European Court of Human Rights and they reverted to the previous position that atada couldn’t be deported as he himself might be torturedWe note that in all of this saga all the authorities agree that the Jordanian government routinely uses torture Is this insulting to Jordan Or were they saying sure yes we torture people don’t you Come on we know you doThe British government then got a swear on my mother’s grave promise from the Jordanian government that they would not torture Mr atada In writing That wasn’t good enough for the courtsFinally finally Mr atada himself broke the deadlock and said that if the Jordanians promised that they wouldn’t torture him or use torture derived evidence in court he would return So in July 2013 he did And David Cameron and home secretary Theresa May danced a little jig around the dining table in 10 Downing StreetSo the Jordanians put Mr atada on trial for plotting against the government and last month he was acuitted Maybe it was because they couldn’t present all that lovely damning torture derived evidenceShami would say – well this is the rule of law in operation That’s what it’s for Euality before the law means that whether you’re a much loved peer of the realm or a much hated Jordanian cleric you get the same deal But people are inclined to want to shoot from the hip They would deport intern and in some cases execute without a ualmThis is why I myself am opposed to the death penalty Horrors like Ted Bundy Ian Brady Myra Hindley Gary Ridgway or John Wayne Gacy should fry for sure no uestion But the police make mistakes If Britain still had the death penalty in the 1970s the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six would have been hung Evidence which proved their innocence would have been unearthed years later We need Human Rights organisations to irritate cajole remind and goad us YOU SAY TORTURE I SAY ENHANCED INTERROGATION TECHNIUES LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFFEverywhere Shami goes she’s beset by people who say hey I know you you’re what’s it now no don’t tell me er Swami Chocolate Boxy is that it Always going on about human rights for terrorists Well let me ask you a uestion – suppose you knew there was a nuclear bomb ticking away in London but you didn’t know where and you got the guy who knew where it was in a room wouldn’t you apply a little pressure to get the information Just a little bit of torture to save the lives of millionsShami says This is what the War on Terror was capable of doing to lawyers It could turn stupid ones into yes men for corner cutting and cruelty and clever ones into the architects of increasingly byzantine processes with which to conceal or even legitimize barbarismAnd later Democratic states that launder their torture are no better than the tyrannies they conspire withHere’s an example of where Shami and Liberty lose me Most of this world is not democratic The West believes that it is Shami comes along with her many examples of state misbehavior and punctures that belief In the USA there are a lot of people who believe their own government to be tyrannical In Britain we have a picture of our own government – during the Northern Irish Troubles and during the post 911 jihadi period ie now setting aside the notion of human rights euality before the law due process no torture etc whenever they feel particularly pressured So – where does this all leave us In the dark groping about is whereThis is a somewhat boringly written short book about a whole bunch of essential stuff I didn't enjoy it but I think I'm a very very very slightly better person now Shami Chakrabarti has come to harsh all governmental mellow