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Boylan to attend conference at Westminster to discuss the repeal of the Human Rights Act

17 May, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin, will today attend a cross-party event taking place at Westminster in London. The purpose of the cross-party event is to discuss the legal implications for the six counties of the British government's pledge to repeal and replace the Human Rights Act 1998.

After Martina Anderson MEP brought a delegation of families of victims to Brussels in 2014, the GUE NGL Group in the European Parliament commissioned KRW Law and Doughty Street Chambers to produce an independent report analysing the potential implications of the proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act for the six counties. This report will be presented at today’s event.

Speaking from London today, Lynn Boylan said:

“There is no doubt that the signing of the Good Friday Agreement is entirely interlinked with the application of the Human Rights Act. The British Government is obliged to deliver ‘complete incorporation into law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)’ and the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) gives this legal effect to the ECHR.

“It is not just for those living in the north that retaining the Human Rights Act is crucial. There are also families of victims south of the border awaiting justice.

“Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan bombings which killed 34 people, the single biggest loss of life during the conflict. There is strong evidence that the bombings were carried out by loyalists with logistical and technical support from British security personnel.

“Having the ECHR and the HRA allows the battle for justice that relatives are required to take up to be a little less one-sided. It is far from perfect but it has utterly transformed the situation from 20 years ago.

“I strongly believe that any repeal of the Human Rights Act would be detrimental to the Good Friday Agreement which is underpinned by the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights and would impede the just reconciliation of legacy issues on all sides of the conflict.” 

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