UK FPA: DUP deal with Conservatives must not prevent UK from meeting human rights obligations

12th June 2017
Sexual health charity FPA, IPPF's UK member

By sexual health charity FPA, our member association in the UK -

"Following the General Election, the Conservative Party is forming a Government with the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). This has rightly focused public attention across the UK on the DUP’s record in the Northern Ireland Assembly, where the party has been unwilling to reform restrictive abortion law and has blocked marriage equality for Northern Ireland’s LGBT community.

Laura Russell, Policy and Public Affairs Manager for FPA, said:

"FPA believes that the Conservative government must legislate for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland. The UK government is responsible for human rights across the UK, and courts and the United Nations have ruled on multiple occasions that Northern Ireland’s restrictive law contravenes these rights.

"Any potential arrangement with the DUP must not prevent the UK from meeting any human rights commitments. Instead, the Conservative Party must use any partnership with the DUP to discuss the impact of Northern Ireland’s abortion law and bring it into the 21st century."

A Conservative deal with the DUP must not stop UK from meeting its human rights obligations: #DUPdeal #DUPcoalition

— FPA (@FPACharity) June 12, 2017

Read FPA's full statement on the DUP-Conservative deal.