#India- SC asks Manipur to respond ‘Extra-judicial killings’

Express news service : New Delhi, Tue Nov 06 2012, 00:57 hrs

The Supreme Court on Monday took strong exception to the Manipur government’s delay in filing a report on alleged extra-judicial killings in the state and told them to start working on it within 24 hours considering innocent people were reportedly getting killed.

“Take this matter seriously. It is not a simple civil suit or a case of partition. Innocent people are dying out there. They are being killed. Start working on it in 24 hours. Do it quickly,” said a Bench led by Justice Aftab Alam after Manipur’s counsel sought four weeks to file an affidavit in response.

The court, however, gave the state time till November 21 to file its reply and fixed the matter for further hearing for November 23.

The Bench asked the petitioner to ensure bringing the matter into the knowledge of the Attorney General so that Centre could be represented properly. It asked the National Human Rights Commission to assist the court.

The apex court had on October 1 issued notices to the Centre and state government on a plea for an independent probe into around 1,500 such cases. It was hearing a PIL initiated by an association of the families of the alleged victims, pleading with the apex court to set up a special investigation team and direct inquiry into all such cases.

The association claimed that despite so many extra-judicial killings, no one has been held guilty till date. The petitioner said that innocent people with no criminal record had been killed by the security forces and no proper investigation had been carried out in such cases.


#UK- #David Cameron rejects votes for #prisoners #humanrights



David Cameron rules out giving prisoners the vote despite the advice of his chief law officer in the face of pressure from the European court of human rights.

In response to a question from Labour MP Derek Twigg, the prime minister told the House of Commons that “no one should be in any doubt, prisoners are not getting the vote under this government”.

Mr Cameron was clarifying the issue following advice from the attorney general, who had said the government, under pressure from Europe, may need to back down over the issue of prisoner votes.

The European court of human rights has ruled, in what is known as the Scopola ruling, that there should not be a blanket ban on prisoners being allowed to vote.

International obligation

Dominic Grieve QC, the attorney general, told MPs this morning that the ruling “imposes an international legal obligation on us”.

Giving evidence to the justice select committee, Mr Grieve warned that Britain was obliged to obey the judgment and could face huge damages claims from prisoners.

“The issue, it seems to me, is whether the United Kingdom wishes to be in breach of its international obligations and what that does reputationally for the United Kingdom,” he said. “This is not a matter where there’s not parliamentary sovereignty. There clearly is. Parliament gives and parliament can take away.

However, Mr Cameron said during prime minister’s questions: “The House of Commons has voted against prisoners having the vote. I don’t want prisoners to have the vote, and they should not have the vote.

“If it helps by having another vote in parliament on another resolution to make absolutely clear, to help put the legal position beyond doubt, I am very happy to do that.”

In February the House of Commons voted by a margin of 234 to 22 against removing the blanket ban.



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