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    Concept of Rights of Citizens in England

    1. Introduction
    British Constitution is not the creator but product of fundamental rights, which have been recognized from time to time, by the courts. However, some rights have recognized by parliament through enactments.

    2. Meanings of Right
    That which is proper under law, morality r ethics.

    3. Recognition of Fundamental Rights
    During the later part of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, different states in the world, recognized in their constitution the fundamental rights of men. All these countries were conscious that if fundamental rights are not guaranteed, the citizens have no chance of ascertaining their rights which would develop their personalities.

    Since World War I fundamental rights and duties have been accepted an indispensable condition of the peaceful progress of the world & during the second world war and after, this faith has become stronger because we are now concerned in the establishment of a stable international society and from citizens we have not gone to the state. In order to achieve this it, is essential that rights must be embodied in the positive laws of the country as superior laws to the powers of any government, so that they only can become effective guarantees against the action of the state.

    In the Universal declaration of Human Rights, adopted in December 1948, these rights were also recognized.

    4. Importance of Fundamental Rights

    According to Laski: “Every state is known by the rights that it maintains. Our method of judging its character lies above all, in the contribution that it makes to the substance of man’s happiness.”
    In his view, the state is simply a sovereign organization with the power to get its will obeyed but the citizen has every right to get the motive and character of Governmental acts duly scrutinized. The state does not create rights but recognizes them.

    5. The theory of Rights
    In a modern state where people are conscious of their rights it is always necessary to know the exact nature of rights and to see what meaning they embody. A legal theory of rights may tell us what the character of a state is, but it will not tell us whether the rights are properly recognized or not.

    6. Fundamental Rights in England

    The English constitution is unwritten and hence there is no fundamental right in the sense that we have in some of the written constitutions.

    In England rights are essentially founded upon traditions. The foundations of individual rights in England are almost negative in the sense that an individual has the right and freedom to take whatever action he likes, so long as the does not violate any rule of the ordinary law of the land. The for great charters which have guaranteed the rights of Englishmen since ages now are
    i. the Magna Charta
    ii. Petition of Rights
    iv. The Act of Settlement

    8. General Principle
    The general principle is that a person may do what he likes so long as he does not infringe the civil or the criminal law of the land. If a person has a right, the law provides a remedy to enforce it.

    It is a well settled rule of law that if the person has a right he must, of necessity, have a means to vindicate and maintain, and a remedy if he is injured in the exercise or enjoyment of it. Since want of right and want of remedy are reciprocal so it is a vain thing to imagine a right without a remedy.

    9. Enforcement of Rights/However, the rights of Englishmen if enforced?
    The problem of enforcement of fundamental rights always presents great difficulties to every state; for every effective machinery is required for determining whether a fundamental right is being infringed or not e.g in the U.S.A. This function was assumed by the Supreme Court. In different countries different methods are adopted so as to ensure the maximum enjoyment of fundamental rights.

    The constitution of England in unwritten and in the absence of any written document it is the duty of the law courts to protect individual liberty by judicial decisions. It has been maintained that.

    The law of England is the Law of liberty.

    Since British Parliament is sovereign, the subjects in England, cannot possess guaranteed rights such as are proclaimed and protected in many of the written constitutions of the world. Therefore, in England the absence of constitution guarantees renders it absolutely necessary that there should be strong public opinion in the matter of these basic freedoms. Apart from this the subjects in England own their main protection to the following

    i. The high development of the action of trespass in its various formats.
    ii. The prerogative writs and orders and particularly to writs of Habeas Corpus.
    iii. all statutes and legislative acts are to the interpreted within the framework of the fundamental rights granted to the citizens.
    iv. The rights for insisting upon having common law actions affecting the subject have most cherished rights.
    v. All subjects are subject to the jurisdictions of the Law Courts with the exception of the Sovereign and the members of the judiciary who can seek exemption from this rule.


    In the U.K the rights of individuals are not guaranteed by the constitution but by the courts. 
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