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The Royal Navy and piracy

"In the 19th century, British warships [and the US Navy] largely eradicated piracy when they policed the oceans. The death penalty for piracy on the high seas remained on the statute books until 1998. . .

"In 2005 there were almost 40 attacks by pirates and 16 vessels were hijacked and held for ransom. Employing high-tech weaponry, they kill, steal and hold ships’ crews to ransom. . .

"The Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high sea, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights. Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain."

This is absurd. If pirates are sent back to their Muslim countries of origin, Islamic law will behead them or chop off a hand, thus offending human rights law. If the Royal Navy takes them to Britain, they may claim asylum. If we release them, they go back to attacking ships.

This is one more consequence of Britain's membership of the EU and the associated human rights acts which brilliantly protect criminals. Where are the human rights of the people who are being attacked by pirates?