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Northern Ireland Government

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish a human rights explanatory memorandum with the legislative proposals relating to legacy investigations.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The recognition and protection of rights are fundamental values of the UK. Our human rights framework offers comprehensive, well-established, and effective protections within a clear constitutional and legal system.

We fully intend to maintain our leading role in the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law; and the UK remains committed to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), including conducting Article 2 compliant investigations where these are needed.

Explanatory notes and a statement as to the Bill’s compatibility with the ECHR will be published on introduction of the Bill.

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