Anderson welcomes meeting of human rights groups

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a planned meeting between human rights groups from across Ireland to discuss the implications of British government plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

Ms Anderson said;

“Everyone interested in the protection of human rights will be alarmed by the plans by the Tory government at Westminster to scrap the Human Rights Act and to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Human rights are the basic protections which every society should be based on and any threat to that is very concerning.

“I wrote to the the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in Dublin expressing my concern at the British government’s plans and the possible implications for people in the North.

“They have now responded saying they will be meeting their counterparts in the North, the Human Rights Commission, to discuss the British government’s proposals and how they will respond.

“It is important that the Irish government are challenged over their responsibilities as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement to uphold the rights of nationalists in the North.”

“I welcome this meeting and will await the public position from these groups.”