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The British Government need to start respecting their Human Rights obligations – Senator Paul Gavan

26 October, 2016 - by Paul Gavan

This afternoon, at the International Parliamentary Union conference, Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan called on the British Government to respect the terms of the Good Friday agreement in regards to its commitments on human rights.

Speaking at the conference in Geneva - a gathering of 141 parliaments from around the world- Senator Gavan said;

"The British Government needs to think again on its plans to revoke its commitment to the European Convention of Human Rights. This Convention is a cornerstone of the Good Friday agreement and I would urge the British government to respect their legal obligations with regard to this agreement.”

In a wide ranging address on the topic of human rights Senator Gavan also called on parliaments to pressurise the US government to end the blockade on Cuba, as well as concluding with an impassioned appeal to the world assembly of parliaments to support the cause of the Palestinian people. 

The Limerick based Senator said;

"This summer, I visited Palestine on a delegation of representatives and I saw for myself the apartheid system that the Israeli Government has imposed on the Palestinian people. I witnessed Segregation, Inequality, Supremacism and Subjugation. We all need to do something about this onslaught of Israeli imperialism. Now is the time for all parliaments to endorse the international campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and break the Israeli stranglehold on Palestine"

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