This is a man who has consistently covered up for the illegal actions of the Doctors, Police and Social Services in his area.
This is a man who took copies of evidence from Linda Lewis during a meeting and buried it in his safe. It has never been returned.
This is a man who has a duty of care to all of his constituents but will not speak out on the Lewis families behalf.
This is a man who runs away when confronted over the "Justice 4 Linda Lewis Campaign."
This is a man who's letters to the Lewis family will be printed at a later date.
But most importantly this is a man who on the 8th of September 2010 was appointed as Chairman of the "Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights."
Remember Dr Francis. Linda Lewis, her daughter and her family have Human Rights as well. Will you now act on their behalf ?
I have just taken relevant sections of Dr Francis pompous and self important statement to emphasise his hypocrisy.
To read his full statement click on http://www.hywelfrancis.co.uk/outsideparliament/outsideparliament_290311.php
The Westminster Foundation Event - 29 March 2011- Human Rights and Parliamentarians
- The international community is increasingly focusing on the role which we can play as Parliamentarians in securing the protection of human rights. As representatives, legislators and scrutineers of Government, we are ideally placed to make sure that the international human rights standards globally agreed by our nation States are given teeth and made real for everyone.
- This renewed focus on democratically elected institutions in the implementation of international and constitutional standards for the protection of fundamental rights creates a timely opportunity for us to come together and share each of our experiences of human rights advocacy in our work as politicians.
- to guard against the worst excesses of State power and ensure that the atrocities of that era are never repeated.
- Much of the work we do might qualify us to call ourselves human rights champions.
- reviewing our criminal law to ensure that victims are protected and due process rights respected.
- The constitutional framework in the United Kingdom creates a significantly stronger argument for the essential involvement of MPs and Peers in the protection of individual rights. The cornerstone of the UK constitution is the sovereignty of Parliament. In the UK the Parliament can legislate as it sees fit and the domestic Courts have no authority to strike down primary legislation for any reason.
- The Human Rights Act 1998 - which incorporates the rights guaranteed by the ECHR - into our domestic law was closely designed to preserve this principle. The Executive must certify that every draft law produced in Parliament is considered compatible with Convention rights. The Courts are obliged to interpret legislation in so far as possible in a way which respects Convention rights. When such an interpretation is not possible, the Courts cannot strike down the relevant law, but can only declare that the measure is incompatible with the ECHR. It remains for Parliament to act to remove the violation. Thus, the Act creates a sophisticated democratic dialogue on rights, realising roles for all three branches of Government in rights protection.
- In light of this careful settlement, the then Labour Government accepted that Parliament must have a particular focus for the consideration and scrutiny of human rights matters in the UK.
- We can consider any matter relating to human rights in the UK but cannot intervene on individual cases or comment on human rights issues overseas. We have the power to take evidence in public, to conduct visits for the purpose of our work and the Government must respond to each and all of our recommendations within 2 months.
- (a) legislative scrutiny (we report on every Government Bill which raises significant human rights issues); (b) human rights judgments (we monitor every adverse judgment finding a violation of Convention rights in UK law, policy and practice); and (c) thematic inquiries, like our extradition inquiry.
- we consider the human rights obligations of the UK, in both our statutory and common law, and in our regional and international human rights obligations. (for example, in the ECHR and the UN human rights treaties).
- We work to reinforce the belief that human rights are not the sole preserve of lawyers and judges, but that minimum standards in law, policy and practice can avoid violations of individual rights happening and can remove the need for lengthy and costly litigation by victims to secure redress.
- This brief example of our work illustrates how we can use our powers to highlight an issue, to inform public debate and the activities of public authorities on matters which engage our individual rights. It shows that Parliamentarians can use their unique position to gather evidence and evaluate the balance struck between competing rights in practice and to encourage Government to plan to incorporate rights protecting measures in their work from the outset.
- human rights has a much wider role to play in our work as Parliamentarians. In our daily work, in questions and in debates we have tools which equip us to make a difference in the approach of Government and to improve the standards of protection enjoyed by individuals in practice. For example, before taking up my current post as Chair of the JCHR I introduced a private member’s bill designed to provide greater protection for the rights of people who care for disabled and elderly relatives. I also chaired the House of Commons Select Committee on Welsh Affairs, where we focused on the implications of law and policy for Wales, including in respect of the rights of Welsh people as a national minority in the UK.
- There are many opportunities in our work to integrate the human rights standards encapsulated in our national constitutions and in our international obligations. These standards provide us with a useful tool against which to measure our Governments’ performance through their commitment to these rights.