segunda-feira, 28 de abril de 2008

Families Need Fathers welcomes Council of Europe interest in UK Family Law

  • Council of Europe accepts motion that could lead to full investigation of UK Family Law and Courts.

  • Human rights being abused in Britain says John Hemming MP.

The text of the motion is: The Parliamentary Assembly recognises that human rights are part of the Council of Europe's key values. It recognises that systems are needed for the protection of children when they are at risk. The Assembly believes, however, that those who are tasked with protecting children need to be accountable for their actions and need to operate in a way which protects the human rights of those people they are dealing with

The Assembly notes that there is substantial concern that the secrecy of the Family Division of Courts in England and Wales has caused the development of an environment in which practitioners are not properly accountable. It notes that a number of people have emigrated from England because they feel persecuted by the authorities tasked with Child Protection.

The Assembly particularly notes the use of Section 54.4 of the 1999 Access to Justice Act by the Court of Appeal in England which is preventing cases being considered by the Supreme Court in England and the way in which this acts to undermine the rule of law allowing the Family Division of Courts to operate in isolation from the wider body of law.

The Assembly recognises that questions have been raised as to whether the judicial proceedings in England s Family Courts are compliant with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Right to a Fair Trial).

Jon Davies CEO of Families Need Fathers called this A very interesting development and one that might at last make the British Government act before it is forced to.

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Note for editors: Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered charity providing information and support on shared parenting issues arising from family breakdown, and support to divorced and separated parents, irrespective of gender or marital status. Our primary concern is the maintenance of the child's relationship with both parents. Founded in 1974, FNF helps thousands of parents every year.

For comment or information please contact:

Nick Barnard, Director of Communications 07979 206 384

John Baker, FNF Chair 07881 644 917

Jon Davies, FNF CEO 07976 935 986

Becky Sibert, Policy & Information Officer 020 7613 5060

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Nick Barnard

Director of Communications

Families Need Fathers

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