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UK’s Human Rights Act to be reviewed

19 May 2010

The Government has announced that it will set up a commission to review the UK’s Human Rights Act, after two terror suspects, Abid Naseer and Ahmad Faraz Khan, successfully appealed against deportation to Pakistan.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in London ruled that Naseer was an al-Qaeda operative, but neither man should be deported due to the issue of their safety if they were to be returned to Pakistan.

The Conservatives have proposed replacing the Human Rights Act with a "British Bill of Rights", which the Liberal Democrats oppose.

The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates fundamental rights enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights into UK law, including the right to life, the right to family, freedom from torture and the right to a fair trial.

Home Secretary Theresa May said she would not be appealing against the ruling handed down by SIAC but she was disappointed.

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