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24 May 2013

Bermuda lawyer flags up British human rights issue

Britain could fall foul of the European Convention on Human Rights if it fails to improve conditions in Bermuda, a QC and former attorney general has warned.

By James Barnes

Bermuda: human rights issue

Saul Froomkin, now a senior member of Bermuda law firm Isis Law, said that the European Convention has been extended to Britain, but Bermuda has not yet enacted domestic legislation to comply with it in full terms.

Mr Froomkin was speaking after a rally in support of extending basic anti-discrimination protection to gay people outside the House of Assembly, reports the Bermuda Sun.
 
European court
 
The lawyer said: ‘Any complaint against Bermuda would have to be virtually a complaint against the United Kingdom in the European Court because Britain is responsible for external affairs.
‘It would be interesting to see what would happen if a complaint was filed against the United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights for breach of the Convention.’
 
 

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