Priti Patel is to launch a crackdown on criminals who abuse human rights laws to claim asylum in UK
Abuse of human rights laws by foreign criminals will face a major crackdown in sweeping reforms.
A loophole in Labour's Human Rights Act, which has been exploited by murderers, rapists and other serious criminals, will be closed by ministers, the Daily Mail can reveal today.
For the first time, restrictions will be placed on the use of Article 3 of the Act, which prohibits 'torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment'.
The reforms will aim to eliminate use of Article 3 in farcical cases. It could include a complete ban on European Union nationals claiming they can't be sent home for human rights reasons.
The Home Office will narrow the types of cases which can use Article 3 in a bid to stop judges 'gold-plating' Britain's duties under international law.
It could mean the Government is able to deport hundreds more foreign criminals a year as they are blocked from bringing spurious human rights claims.
The changes will also affect the way asylum claims are handled, it is understood, after Home Secretary Priti Patel set out her determination to fix Britain's 'broken' asylum system. Strict limits will be placed on the types of asylum appeals which can rely on Article 3.
A Whitehall source said: 'The changes will severely restrict judges' ability to interpret the law very broadly when it comes to foreign criminals who lodge these human rights claims.
'We are going to draw a line on what we think are reasonable claims of 'inhuman and degrading treatment'.
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