Theresa May has come under fire for rightly stating that she will purge EU human rights laws from the UK that protect terrorists and extremists. The Prime Minister boldly stated that she will “change those laws” in order to provide herself with greater leverage in drawing up anti-terror laws that restrict terrorists’ freedom of movement and give them longer sentences. I personally find the left’s opposition towards this statement to be foolish and ignorant, but for the sake of debate, I will provide a constructive criticism of it.

I have been disappointed with the Prime Minister’s response to the London attacks as I find it too weak. The best method of combating terrorism is not to improve security and the effectiveness of authorities, but to implement more practical solutions like a ban on Islamic immigration and a deportation of all known terrorists, extremists and those on watch lists. However, something is better than nothing, and naturally I find the left’s response to the Prime Minister’s decisions to be unfortunate, to say the least.

Terrorists do not deserve human rights. I understand there are many people who, in light of their commitment to values like compassion and kindness, find themselves opposed to such a claim. Yet it is my belief that these people turn such values into a vice. Such people have manipulated and misunderstood those values. How is it compassionate to allow evil terrorists to roam free and endanger the lives of millions of people? How is it kind to prioritise the rights of murderers over the safety and security of your fellow citizens?

The atrocious acts committed by the London attackers include stabbing people on the face and leaving them disfigured. During the Boston Patriots Day bombs, many people lost their limbs through the explosions of a simple pressure cooker bomb. Perpetrators of such acts do not deserve human rights. They have to face justice, and being subject to more restrictions and longer prison sentences is nothing compared to what they truly deserve.

An opposing argument to this may be that harsher penalties will offend more Muslims, thus motivating them to be more radicalised due to greater anti-Islamic sentiment. This is where an intelligent approach to implementing such penalties is integral. These measures should be ratified in a covert manner without providing too much information to the public. This is in order to ensure extremists are unable to take advantage of possessing knowledge of new anti-terrorism measures and policies.

The safety and security of innocent people who already call our countries home should be of utmost importance to the authorities and the government. Harsher penalties and tougher treatment of terrorists, extremists, and migrant criminals are essential for this. Turning back on the country that accepted you within its borders during times of adversity is a gross and offensive display of ingratitude. As such, these criminals and terrorists need to face the justice they deserve, and if superficial human rights laws are going to pose an obstacle to this, then they have to be scrapped.

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