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Ruane challenges Villiers over plans to scrap Human Rights Act

12 May, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has challenged Theresa Villiers over the British government's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. 

The South Down MLA said; 

"Reports that the British government are planning to scrap the Human Rights Act are very worrying. 

"Unfortunately, however, it is not surprising coming from this Tory government. 

"Theresa Villiers is fond of telling locally elected politicians on the need to implement agreements but seems to be oblivious to the fact that scrapping the Human Rights Act would result in a breach of the Good Friday Agreement. 

"The Good Friday Agreement is an internationally recognised agreement, endorsed by the people in referenda and lodged with the United Nations. 

"I am calling on Theresa Villiers and her government to reflect on the implications for the Good Friday Agreement before taking any decisions on this important matter." 

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