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Anderson concerned over Britain's human rights plans

11 May, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has written to European Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks expressing concern that Britain may pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"The re-election of the Tories in Britain and their intention to scrap the Human Rights Act and pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights is very concerning. 

"Any moves by Britain to roll back from human rights commitments are unacceptable. 

"If Britain does pull out of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights would no longer be binding over Britain's supreme court. 

"As well as denying people access to this essential human rights body, it would also mean that Britain would be in breach of the Good Friday Agreement. 

"I have written to Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, to express concern at the possibility of Britain further attempt to abandon its human rights responsibilities. 

"Given the seriousness of this situation I have asked Commissioner Muiznieks to visit the North of Ireland and to provide an analysis of the human rights implications of a possible British government withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights." 

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