A letter a day to number 10. No 1,032
Wednesday 18 March 2015. DWP routine violations of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
The Human Rights Act 1998.
The right to life contained in Article 2:
imposes an obligation on the State to protect the right to life;
prohibits the State from intentionally killing; and
requires an effective and proper investigation into all deaths caused by the State.
Protects the right to life
Article 2 requires that the Government take steps to safeguard the lives of everyone within the UK’s jurisdiction:
by having effective criminal legislation (i.e. making murder and manslaughter an offence) and properly enforcing it;
by requiring the police to take reasonable steps to protect an individual’s life if they know or ought to know that there is a real and immediate risk to a person’s life – although this should not impose an impossible or disproportionate burden on the authorities; and by requiring the State to take appropriate steps to prevent accidental deaths by having a legal and administrative framework in place to provide effective deterrence against threats to the right to life.
The sanctions regime imposed by Iain Duncan Smith and your government are a clear violation of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act. Every sanction imposed for whatever length of time deprives people of the means of survival and poses a real and immediate risk to life.
It is irrelevant whether Iain Duncan Smith believes there is a link between sanctions and food bank usage or not, the violation of Article 2 is the act of imposing a sanction.
The state has an obligation to protect the right to life and the police are required to take reasonable steps to protect an individual’s life if they know or ought to know (my emphasis) that there is a real and immediate risk to a person’s life. This requirement applies for every sanction imposed. Your government is in breach of the humans rights act, why have not the police taken action and, at the very least, brought to a halt your inhuman sanctions regime until a thorough and proper investigation has taken place? The state is not above the law, though clearly you behave as if you are whilst knowingly and wilfully violating peoples right to life.