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Any repeal of the Human Rights Act would be detrimental to the Good Friday Agreement

31 May, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will this week launch a specifically commissioned legal opinion on the repeal of the 1998 Human Rights Act in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Speaking ahead of the event on Wednesday, Ms Anderson said,

"Although we have been working on this for months, with the confirmation in the English Queen's speech earlier this month that "proposals will be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights", this issue has become even more relevant.

"The Human Rights Act is a central piece of legislation for the Good Friday Agreement and the Tory threat to this has caused deep concerns among human rights activists and indeed Sinn Féin.

"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.

"The legal opinion that we obtained in conjunction with GUE/NGL will be launched this week in the European Parliament in Brussels and the lawyers from Kevin Winters Law and Doughty Street Chambers who worked on the opinion, will present their findings.

"We have launched and distributed this opinion in Belfast, in Westminster and now in Brussels and we will continue to discuss this at every possible avenue in an attempt to protect the human rights of all." ENDS

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