Europe's leading human rights organisation has urged the UK to withdraw its controversial legacy proposals on Northern Ireland.

Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, visited the UK in June 2022 to look at various issues.

She has now released her report, including recommendations on the British government's Troubles Legacy and Reconciliation Bill which is currently going through Westminster.

It would effectively shut down all legal avenues for families of victims seeking information and justice.

Critics claim its being done to protect former British soldiers from potential prosecution.

The commissioner said the British government should consider withdrawing its legislation in view of widespread opposition to it.

All the Stormont parties, victims' groups and the Irish government want it scrapped.

"The Commissioner calls on the UK government to consider withdrawing the Bill. She urges a return to previously agreed principles which provide a basis for a human rights compliant approach. Any steps to address the legacy of the past must put the rights and needs of victims at its heart," the report states.

The Council of Europe is an international organisation, not an EU one.

It is made up of 46 countries which have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the convention in member states.

Amnesty, which met the commissioner during her visit, welcomed the call.

Deputy director Gráinne Teggart, said the British government was isolated on the international stage when it came to the legacy proposals.

"This intervention adds to the cutting critique and overwhelming opposition facing this bill," she said.

"The UK government's determination to deprive victims’ and families of the justice they deserve while shielding the perpetrators who are responsible for murder, torture and other serious crimes makes a mockery of the rule of law and any claims by UK government that they respect human rights," she added.

Amnesty said promised amendments that would allow for criminal investigations if deemed appropriate, was just tinkering at the edges and wouldn't fool people.

"The bill cannot be fixed, the right thing for Government to do is scrap it."