Parents could have a harder time finding out if any paedophiles live nearby after a High Court ruling that sex offenders’ human rights to privacy should be considered.
In a judgement that lawyers say risks “watering down” what is known as Sarah’s Law, the court ruled that offenders should be given a say before their presence is disclosed.
Their human right to a family life should also be taken into account, the judges said.
We can go further. Everyone’s human rights must always be considered. Whose rights prevail is a slightly different matter, but no one at all ever gives up the right to have those rights considered.
Take as an extreme capital punishment. Not that we do it any more (thankfully) but back when. A crime sufficient to merit the loss of the perpetrators life. So they’re going to get topped. But they still have rights even then. They cannot be tortured. Starved, beaten up, insulted even. A good deal of care and attention is taken in ensuring that the death is as painless as it is possible for a death to be.
Even the dead man walking has rights that are respected.
So yes, nonces do have rights and they must be considered.