MEP issues human rights legal opinion

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson
Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has launched a specially commissioned legal opinion on the planned repeal of the 1998 Human Rights Act by the Government.

She said: “The planned repeal of the 1998 Human Rights Act by the British Government will have far reaching consequences for the people of the north of Ireland.

“The 1998 Act is interwoven completely in the fabric of the Good Friday Agreement.

“It gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights and gives citizens direct access to the European Court of Human Rights.

“The objective to repeal this is an ideological drive from a hawkish Tory government to dilute human rights protections for their citizens and citizens in the north. This threat is made even more real in the context of the Brexit referendum, due to be held on June 23, 2016.”