I believe my human rights include the following:
Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights: Paragraph 2 Freedom of movement of Protocol No. 4 states:
“Everyone shall be free to leave any country, including his own.”
The right of EU citizens to freely move to and live in any EU country, along with their family members, is one of the four fundamental freedoms enshrined in EU law and a cornerstone of EU integration. All EU citizens are entitled to free movement.
Regulations ensure that mobile EU citizens do not lose acquired rights when moving within the EU. Typical social security benefits include old-age pensions, survivor’s pensions, disability benefits, sickness benefits, birth grants, unemployment benefits, family benefits or health care.
Iain Duncan Smith has abused and contravened my human rights as defined above.
By the introduction of Statutory Instrument 2015/3270 he has deprived me of a legal entitlement to an old-age risk benefit, which I would receive automatically if I returned to live in the UK.
He has just introduced a new Statutory Instrument; in which it is stated: “An overseas resident who is entitled to a state pension under Part 1 of the 2014 Act is not entitled to up-rating increases (a) in accordance with this regulation.”
This SI applies to the ‘new State Pension’. However, if he removed my right to an old-age risk benefit so easily in December 2015, stop and think how easily he could remove my right to any future up-rating of my UK State Pension should Brexit occur.
The picture below has stirred up controversy on Facebook, with some arguing it is wrong and has nothing to do with human rights.
Iain Duncan Smith voted against the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon on 11th March 2008. I believe he still opposes that Treaty, and everything contained within it. He does not accept or recognise the authority and validity of the Court of Justice of the EU, and has refused to accept the Judgments of that Court, which uphold my rights to that old-age risk benefit, and in doing so he has trampled all over my rights under Article 7 of EU Regulation 883/2004.
He has also used his considerable powers to build up a level of hatred against all British Expats living in the EU, by juxta-positioning his outbursts against us, alongside The Daily Mail’s campaign against ‘Benefit Cheats’. How else can you describe what he has said: “We will fight these ridiculous rules. …. it is ludicrous we could have to pay more pensioners living in hot countries”. “It’s absurd and offensive that taxpayers fund payments for people who have retired to the Mediterranean”. “The European Union has frustrated our attempts to address this issue in the past, but with our new temperature-based eligibility criteria we're able to satisfy EU rules as well as prevent this obscene waste of taxpayers' money.”