Dr Aidan Hehir, Reader in International Relations in the Faculty of Social Science discussed Theresa May’s claim that she would change Human Rights laws if they were getting in the way of stopping terrorism with BBC London’s Eddie Nestor.

Describing the claim as ‘gesture politics’ Dr Hehir strongly condemned the idea saying that there was no evidence to show that the removal of human rights has any impact on fighting terrorism.  

Defending his position, Dr Hehir went on to say that defending the human rights act is not about protecting terrorists, but is about protecting all citizens, including those who may be wrongly accused of criminal or terrorist activities making the point that by allowing any suspect to be detained on suspicion only could in fact make people feel more victimized, leading them to radicalization.

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