‘Human Rights must remain at heart of prisoner rehabilitation’ – Ritchie

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said that it is imperative to retain the Human Rights Act to ensure that proper standards of human rights are promoted in prisons. ritchie2Following an oral question to the Justice Minister, Ritchie said, “I took the opportunity to probe the Justice Minister on the impact that the repeal of the Human Rights Act would have on prisons and prisoners. “Our prison services are struggling as they are hit by cuts and increasing privatisation and the repeal of the Human Rights Act would exacerbate this massively. “Human rights must remain at the core of rehabilitation if rates of reoffending are to reduce. The Minister’s response did little to suggest this was a priority for the Department. She added, “I will continue to pursue this matter with the Secretary of State, Mr Gove, and highlight the vital importance of the Human Rights Act in Northern Ireland and across the UK.”
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