MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – The European Court of Human Rights stated on Tuesday that a UK ban on prisoners’ right to vote violates human rights.
The verdict comes in response to a lawsuit, filed by 10 British prisoners, who demanded their right to vote in elections as provided for by European Union law. UK legislation, however, prohibits detainees from casting their votes in both national and European elections. The complainants said they were denied their right to vote in elections for European Parliament in 2009.
The European Court of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, agreed with the prisoners’ claims and ruled that the United Kingdom had breached their rights, although it rejected compensation for damages and legal costs.
British detainees had already won similar cases in 2010 and 2005. In December 2013, a UK parliamentary committee advised the country’s government to give some prisoners the right to vote, but no such legislation has been adopted.