Thursday, May 24, 2012

Finland tells UK that women in Northern Ireland should be entitled to safe legal abortion without having to travel

The 13th session of the Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva today reviewed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The UK was represented by a team led by H.E. Lord Mc Nally, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice.

A summary of the submissions  of 75 stakeholders prepared by Office of the High Commissioner for human rights, under the heading  Right to Health, says that one of the submissions it received JS 6 a joint statement by a number of groups,  claimed that in Northern Ireland the legislation on abortion hindered women from realising the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
During the proceedings Mr Stefan Lee the delegate from Finland told the meeting that women in NI were discriminated against and that they should be entitled to safe legal abortion without having to travel  in a similar manner to women in rest of UK.

A submission by the Scottish Transgender Alliance STA stated that the "Gender Recognition Act 2004 prevented intersex people from accessing legal gender recognition The STA also said that intersex people cannot be confident that their rights will be adequately respected by medical professionals, as there were no rights-based intersex healthcare protocols.
A further submission by a group called SexYOUality (SY) stated that teachers have not been adequately trained to respond to homophobic bullying in schools.

In response Lord Mc Nally told the meeting that he had no time for violence relating to sexual orientation and the UK had passed very strong laws in that regard. He told the meeting that there is cross government action to combat transphobic and homophobic hate crime. He also said that £9 million had recently been committed by Scotland to deal with this issue