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UN must challenge ongoing denial of rights to citizens in the north - Archibald

29 April, 2019 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said the United Nations must challenge the British Government on the lack of progress in protecting and extending equality to citizens in the north.

The East Derry MLA was speaking after party representatives including Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA met with Kate Gilmore the UN Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission.

“We had a very useful and positive discussion with the UN Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights and discussed the ongoing denial of rights to citizens in the north including rights for the LGB and T communities, Irish language speakers, women and victims of the conflict.

“We spoke of legacy issues and the fact that the agreed Stormont House mechanisms still have not been implemented in a human rights compliant manner.

“We also talked about how Brexit will impact on rights and the Good Friday Agreement, and the need to ensure protection of the rights of citizens in the north.

“We reiterated the need for the political institutions to be restored immediately but on a credible and sustainable basis, based on equality, respect and genuine partnership government.

“Nobody could countenance the continued denial of these basic rights. People want these issues resolved.

“The British and Irish governments have a responsibility, as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, to address this outstanding matter of the Agreement.

“The UN also has a duty to hold governments to account for the commitments they have made under the convention.” 

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