CAJ welcomes call from top European human rights official for withdrawal of NI legacy billDecember 9, 2022
CAJ has welcomed the call from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, for UK authorities to consider withdrawing the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill, in light of the “widespread opposition” to the bill in Northern Ireland, and the “serious issues of compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights it raises”.
The call came in a report following the Commissioner’s visit to the UK, including Northern Ireland, in June of this year. The report was published today (9 December 2022).
Daniel Holder of CAJ said: “This report from Europe’s top human rights official adds to the chorus of international concern about the legacy bill. The call on the UK to withdraw it is very welcome.”
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