‘Repeal of Human Rights Act threatens Good Friday Agreement’ – Ritchie

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has warned that the Tory Government’s plans to repeal the Human Rights Act would have serious implications for peace in Northern Ireland and for the Good Friday Agreement. Margaret RitchieRitchie said, “The Committee for the Administration of Justice rightly highlighted the implications that the repeal of the Human Rights Act would have on the Good Friday Agreement. “The Human Rights Act is enshrined in the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement and, as co-signatories, the UK Government has a responsibility to uphold it. “Any breach of human rights legislation or any plans to withdraw it is tantamount to a breach of the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Ireland Act 1998,” she insisted. “The UK Government has made virtually no reference to this to date. I will be tabling questions to the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, asking him to outline what considerations he has given to Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement in these plans. Ritchie added, “The SDLP is a party founded on campaigning for civil and human rights and we will not stand idly by and allow the Good Friday Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland to unravel.”
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