A prisoner’s right to vote

The Youth Assembly is about more than just debating issues for one weekend. We hope that people feel they want to pursue some of these further and this is a space where you can comment and debate. Thanks to Helen Brannigan for this post giving more information on the issue of a prisoner’s right to vote.

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice” (Isaiah 43:2)

During our debate on Politics at this year’s assembly the issue over prison inmate’s rights to vote was raised. Despite the EU ruling that Britain’s blanket ban on prisoner voting was illegal and in violation to the European convention of human rights a considerable amount of delegates insisted that they where not informed enough to denounce the governments lack of action on this issue. The outdated principle of a blanket ban dates back to the notion of civic death. Here are a couple of links with information on the ‘barred from voting campaign’.

Unlock
Guardian

I have also provided a link to Prison Fellowship Scotland as during the violence and peace keeping debate the work of chaplains was rightfully affirmed and some questioned how they might support this type of ministry. I have been a volunteer with PFS for a number of years now and would be more than happy to chat to anyone further regarding their work. The floor is open, this is not a filibuster, get informed and let the discussion begin!

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~ by iainmclarty on November 1, 2010.

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