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Britain should comply with EU ruling on prisoners' votes – Anderson

15 February, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the British government's continued refusal to allow prisoners to vote is an affront to democracy. 

Ms Anderson said;

"‎The European Court of Human Rights has found that Britain has breached the human rights of more than 1,000 prisoners by denying them the right to vote. 

"This is the fourth time the court has ruled against the British government's refusal, stating that the ban violates Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

"This latest case was brought by 1,015 prisoners who were denied their democratic right to vote between 2009 and 2011, including during the last general election. 

"The British government cannot continue to ignore the ruling of the court and deny people their basic human rights.  

"As a former political prisoner I believe that all prisoners deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and this includes access to democracy. 

"The continued denial of this right is an affront to democracy and places Britain alongside states with the worst human rights records in the world.

“I am calling on the British government to recognise the ruling of this court and give prisoners their human rights by allowing them to vote."

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