Archiv: Good Friday Agreement (Northern Ireland Peace) 1998


27.07.2022 - 18:04 [ National Council for Civil Liberties - libertyhumanrights.org.uk ]

Human Rights Act and Government accountability ‘WHAT ARE THEY SO AFRAID OF’: MPs CALL FOR PRE-LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY FOR PROPOSED BILL OF RIGHTS

(21 Jun 2022)

Ministers of the devolved nations have also highlighted how the Government’s proposals to replace the Human Rights Act threaten to undermine the devolution settlement in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the Good Friday Agreement put in serious risk by any changes to the Human Rights Act.

Pre-legislative scrutiny of these plans is made even more important by the divergence between the proposals and the findings of the independent panel established by the Government to review the operation of the Human Rights Act. The panel found that the HRA is operating effectively to preserve parliamentary autonomy and to protect individuals’ rights.

However, the Government’s proposed Bill of Rights ignored these findings and would be a vast and deeply consequential overhaul of human rights protections in this country.

In a letter sent on Monday 20 June 2022, the groups urged the Government to respect the principles of our parliamentary democracy and subject the proposed Bill of Rights to the pre-legislative scrutiny it clearly requires.

Liberty Director Martha Spurrier, said: “Scrapping the Human Rights Act poses a real, imminent threat to rights in the UK. It’s a blatant, unashamed power grab from a Government that wants to put those in power above the law. They are quite literally rewriting the rules in their favour so they become untouchable.

“The Human Rights Act and access to the European Convention of Human Rights has empowered people in the UK to enforce their rights in practice. It has enabled people to challenge unlawful policies, be treated with dignity by public authorities and secure justice for their loved ones.

“The Government’s plan is to weaken and undermine this, taking power away from the public to take for themselves. We all know this Government cannot be trusted to keep its word or play by the rules. We’re urging everyone to not let them get away with this looting of our rights. Speak up and make your voice hard.”

08.05.2022 - 12:28 [ Telegraph.co.uk/ ]

The NI Protocol lacks democratic legitimacy and must be removed

It is the Protocol – not Brexit – that has created a border in the Irish Sea. As such it represents an existential threat to the future of our place in the Union. No Conservative and Unionist government can stand by and watch as the pro-union people of Northern Ireland diverge further and further from the rest of the United Kingdom. The checks on the Irish Sea border are the symptom of the underlying problem, that Northern Ireland is subject to a different set of laws imposed by a foreign entity without any say by any elected representative of its people.

08.05.2022 - 11:32 [ BelfastTelegraph.co.uk ]

Northern Ireland election results: Sinn Fein becomes largest party at Stormont with 27 seats – as it happened

Sinn Fein has become the largest party in Northern Ireland after winning 27 seats at the Assembly election – the first nationalist party to ever do so.

Until today, a unionist party had always been the largest party in the Assembly since the formation of Northern Ireland in 1921

08.09.2020 - 12:29 [ IrishExaminer.com ]

‚Absolutely no chance‘ of border coming back says Micheál Martin

The Taoiseach made clear he was assured by Downing Street that they are committed to implementing the protocol and not undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

08.09.2020 - 12:15 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson blasts EU claims he was planning to tear up Withdrawal Agreement

An angry official hit back: “The government is completely committed, as it always has been, to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in good faith.”

A new law will be published this week that sets out Britain’s position — with No10 arguing it had to come this week in order to get through Parliament by December.

20.04.2019 - 11:25 [ JOE.ie / Twitter ]

„Lyra’s murder was also an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace and democratic processes.“ A joint statement from the leaders of six political parties in Northern Ireland following the fatal shooting of journalist Lyra McKee.

(19.4.2019)

21.01.2019 - 06:04 [ ITV.com ]

Why the Government’s latest plan to ditch the backstop won’t take off

The whole reason for the backstop being in the Withdrawal Agreement that sets out the terms of the UK’s divorce from the EU is that the Republic’s border with Northern Ireland would, after Brexit, be the external border of the EU’s single market – and therefore has to be governed by a treaty between the UK and EU, and not one between the UK and the ROI.

An official from an EU capital also questioned whether the Republic could possibly accept „a bilateralisation that would deprive it of the clout of the EU“.

21.01.2019 - 05:57 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Amending the Good Friday Agreement will never fix backstop issue

The plan, it is reported, is to “amend” the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in order make a new joint Anglo-Irish commitment that there will be no return to a hard border in Ireland and no infrastructure on that border in any eventuality.

It is argued that this, coupled with some new EU concessions time-limiting the backstop, will be enough get a decent slice of the 118 Tory and 10 DUP on board.

21.01.2019 - 05:55 [ Wikipedia ]

Karfreitagsabkommen

Das Karfreitagsabkommen (englisch Good Friday Agreement, Belfast Agreement oder Stormont Agreement, irisch Comhaontú Aoine an Chéasta) ist ein Übereinkommen zwischen der Regierung der Republik Irland, der Regierung Großbritanniens und den Parteien in Nordirland vom 10. April 1998.

21.01.2019 - 05:39 [ Gerry Moore ‏/ Twitter ]

Cabinet members reveal that in tonight’s conference call May talked of trying to find deal with ERG and DUP She has virtually abandoned reaching out to anyone else Another pleading trip to Brussels + bid to strike separate deal with Ireland on Backstop – they’ve already said No