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British Bill of Rights can't replace European Convention of Human Rights

27 May, 2015 - by Caitríona Ruane


Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said Sinn Féin will reject any attempt to replace the European Convention of Human Rights with a British Bill of Rights.

 Ms. Ruane said,

 “At the opening of the British Parliament today a plan was unveiled to introduce a British Bill of Rights.

 “Coming on the back of the announcement that Britain is attempting to remove itself from the ECHR I would be concerned this would be a further erosion of people’s right.

 "Any moves by Britain to roll back from human rights commitments are unacceptable. 

 "If Britain does pull out of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights would no longer be binding over Britain's supreme court and no British Bill of Rights can replace that. 

 "As well as denying people access to this essential human rights body, it would also mean that Britain would be in breach of the Good Friday Agreement. 

 “The British Government has failed to implement a Bill of Rights or Acht Na Gaeilge, commitments made under the Good Friday and other agreements.

  “Rather than eroding people’s rights they should live up to their responsibilities and implement the outstanding issues outstanding under the Good Friday Agreement.”

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