NI: Amnesty highlights ‘rights deadlock’ on two-year anniversary of Stormont collapse

NI: Amnesty highlights 'rights deadlock' on two-year anniversary of Stormont collapse

Patrick Corrigan

The absence of devolved government in Northern Ireland has left human rights “trapped in political limbo”, Amnesty International has warned.

The human rights group has released a statement to mark the two-year anniversary of the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2017.

Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty’s Northern Ireland programme director, said: “For two years the people of Northern Ireland have had their rights trapped in political limbo as the Stormont crisis continues.

“The absence of a sitting Assembly has blocked advancement on key human rights issues, leaving Northern Ireland far behind the rest of the UK.

“In Northern Ireland, same-sex couples still cannot legally marry, and women are subject to some of the most draconian and outdated abortion laws in the world.

“The UK Government has the power and authority to legislate for change on these urgent human rights issues and cannot keep blaming the Stormont deadlock for inaction. Two years is already far too long. Our rights cannot be sacrificed any longer.”

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