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Irish Government must press British government on human rights – Adams

4 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

As the UN Human Rights Council assesses Britain under the Universal Period Review today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has urged the Irish Government to press the British Government on the impact of Brexit on human rights in the north.

Teachta Adams said:

“Brexit presents massive challenges for Ireland, not least in the area of human rights, and the human rights provisions of the Good Friday Agreement in particular.   

“The Conservative Party in 2015 said they would scrap the Human Rights Act and Theresa May has said she wants to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights; the rights of which are a safeguard contained in the Good Friday Agreement.

“Another outstanding component of the Good Friday Agreement is a Bill of Rights for the north and the failure to ensure its implementation has been criticised by various UN Committees.

“The Irish Government, as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, should use this opportunity to question the British government before the Human Rights Council and press for them to outline their future intentions for human rights provisions.

“I have written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, on this matter today and urged him to do this.” 

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