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Constitutional commemoration: The Queen celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede in June (photo: Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

An Act to Declare the Rights and Freedoms of the British People and to make better provision for the liberty of all persons present in this land.

[Preamble]


1. RIGHT TO LIFE
Every person, having been born, has the right to life and to commensurate dignity throughout that life. Any killing by police or any death attributable to other agents of the state must be fully and independently investigated. No death penalty shall ever be carried out in this nation.


2. PROHIBITION OF TORTURE
No cruel or unusual punishment shall be inflicted. No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhumane treatment.


3. FREEDOM FROM COMPULSION
There shall be no conscription, nor shall any person be impressed or constrained to serve in wars. No one shall be subjected to medical or scientific experiment unless they give their free and informed consent.


4. RIGHT TO BE SET AT LIBERTY
No free person shall be taken or imprisoned or outlawed or exiled except by the lawful judgment of their peers or by the law of the land. Every person detained shall have the right to bring an action for habeas corpus, namely to be produced speedily before a court and to be set free unless the detaining authority can prove that its actions are both lawful and sensible.


5. RIGHTS ON ARREST
I. No person who has not been arrested shall be imprisoned, confined or in sundry other ways molested or disquietened without having opportunity to challenge such infringement of his or her liberty.

II. No one shall be imprisoned for debt or inability to perform a contract.

III. Persons subject to arrest in the course of police inquiries and bailed until further notice must be told, within a maximum of three months, whether they are to be prosecuted, unless a judge can be persuaded that further time is necessary for police to complete their inquiries.

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Malcolm Knott
August 21st, 2015
8:08 PM
eoffrey Robertson's so-called Statute of Liberty is nothing of the sort. It is a mish-mash of broadly left-wing policies written in the prose style of a social worker's training manual.

gildedtumbril
June 29th, 2015
4:06 PM
Ballox. All we need is what we have The English Bill of Rights 1689, it is immutable.

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