Clare Bailey MLA

Clare Bailey MLA looks forward to NI Executive meeting minimum human rights standards

Green Party Deputy Leader, Clare Bailey MLA, has today (5th December 2016) welcomed the Northern Ireland Assembly’s decision to support her amendment to a motion recognising International Human Rights Day.

Speaking after the amendment was passed with cross-party support by 57 votes to 34, Clare Bailey MLA said: “The original motion recognised International Human Rights Day and the need to do more to raise awareness of human rights. My amendment went further and acknowledged that the Northern Ireland Executive and Westminster government is currently in breach of many minimum human rights standards, and called for the Executive to rectify this immediately.

“Now that almost all parties in the Assembly have accepted this and supported the Green Party’s call, it is time for the Executive to step up and ensure that minimum human rights standards are met by bringing forward a single equality bill, reforming abortion law and addressing the legacy of the past, amongst other many other issues.

“To meet minimum human rights standards is not asking a lot, and whilst we would like to see human rights protections going further than the legally required minimum, the Green Party will be happy to support the Executive when it brings forward proposals to do so in the near future.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The original motion said: “That this Assembly acknowledges international Human Rights Day; notes the United Nations’ comments that more should be done to raise awareness of human rights and the need to improve education about human rights; and calls on all Government Departments and public bodies to introduce human rights action plans.”

The passed Green Party amendment was:

Leave out all after the third ‘rights;’ and insert: “calls on the Executive to move immediately to ensure compliance with all minimum human rights standards; and further calls on all Government Departments and public bodies to introduce human rights action plans.”

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