Human Rights Act must be defended - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in Dundalk today on the appointment of the new British Secretary of State for the North said;
"The new British Secretary of State James Brokenshire voted in May for the scrapping of the Human Rights Act. The Conservative Party is committed to this position and the new British PM has made clear her dislike of the European Convention on Human Rights. This must a matter of serious concern for all citizens who support the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and for the Irish Government.
"The Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights are integral to the political infrastructure of the Good Friday Agreement.
"The British government is also obliged under the terms of the Agreement to exercise its responsibilities with rigorous impartiality on behalf of all the people irrespective of their political identity and opinions, and cultural traditions.
"Equality and parity of esteem and a respect for human rights are a cornerstone of the GFA.
"Clearly the British Governments stance is at odds with this.”