South Belfast MP Claire Hanna has warned that legacy legislation proposed by the UK government risks “undermining” law, order and justice.
SDLP representative was speaking after Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Alyson Kilpatrick said the so-called Inheritance and Reconciliation Bill could not be brought into line with human rights.
The legislation proposes to replace regular police investigations and court proceedings with an information “recovery and reconciliation body,” which could offer amnesty to Trouble killers.
On Tuesday, Ms Kilpatrick told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that the bill was “clearly contrary to human rights law“.
“We looked at this bill in detail, piece by piece and also as a whole to see if there is anything redeeming that could be made compatible or could prevent this bill from being deemed incompatible,” he said. she told MPs. “We don’t see how the bill can be made compatible when taken as a whole.”
Ms Hanna said the evidence provided by the commissioner was “comprehensive and compelling”.
“The Chief Commissioner has made it clear that this Bill is not human rights compliant and cannot be brought into compliance by an amendment in the House of Commons. This confirms our own view that the legislation is fatally flawed, cannot be rehabilitated and risks causing irreparable damage to confidence in the institutions of law, order and justice in Northern Ireland.
“As flawed as the peace process is, one of the successes of the past 25 years has been the fresh start of policing and justice reform. times that they fail to understand and care about the layered complexities of peace and policing in Northern Ireland.In the face of united opposition from all political parties, victims and survivors and every representative group here, Brandon Lewis and Boris Johnson are advancing these proposals. The political and moral turpitude of this act, given all that the victims have been through, is unconscionable.”
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