May threatens to rip human rights laws to stop terrorism
June 10, London: Theresa May after the disasterous loss of seats in the general elections has said she will rip up some human rights laws if they "stop us" from tackling terrorism.
May told supporters she would change any laws that got in the way of preventing jihadis from launching attacks in UK.
She said: "As we see the threat changing, evolving becoming a more complex threat, we need to make sure that our police and security and intelligence agencies have the powers they need.”Speaking in the wake of a terrorist attack in London that left seven dead, May said she would seek to introduce longer prison terms for those convicted of terrorist offenses and make it easier to "deport foreign terrorist suspects."
Security has become a major issue since the London attack, and May has faced intense criticism in recent days from opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over her record as Home Secretary, during which she oversaw cuts to police officer numbers by over 20,000.
May said Tuesday more should be done "to restrict the freedom and movement of terrorist suspects when we have enough evidence to know they are a threat but not evidence to prosecute them in full in court, and if our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we'll change the laws so we can do it."
May has previously called for closer regulation of the internet to tackle extremism, and criticized social media firms for not doing enough to police their platforms.British security services already possess wide anti-terrorism powers that have been denounced by Amnesty International as among "the most draconian" in Europe.
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