According to The European Court of Human Rights, Britain is guilty of a serious human rights violation because it didn't carry out a vigorous enough investigation into a murder 14 years ago.

The court did not award damages or order a fresh investigation. However, the Government was told to pay £30,000 towards legal costs incurred by Mr Finucane's widow, Geraldine, who brought the case. She alleged that there had been "no proper, effective investigation" into the death of her husband.

Article 2 of the Human Rights Convention says: "Everyone's right to life shall be protected by law." Article 1 requires governments to ensure that people within their jurisdiction can exercise their convention rights.

The court has said this means that there must be some form of effective official investigation when individuals have been killed as a result of the use of force.

That's totally insane.

Hey, that guy's driving recklessly and the police aren't anywhere to be found! Help, help, I'm being oppressed!

I have no idea whether or not Britain will pay this wacko fine, but they may be obligated to do so by treaty. This is exactly why the United States should never ever ever sign any of the nutso transnational treaties that Europe scribbles out every few years like the International Criminal Court or Kyoto. All the Euro-bureaucrats want to do is get their feet in the door so they can start meddling with things.

Fortunately, it looks like Bush is taking the issue seriously. Effective July 1st, 2003, the United States has cut off military aid to 50 countries that have so far refused to agree to exempt American citizens from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

No, shoo, bad bureaucrats!



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