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Recognition of Human Rights must be instinctive

21 September, 2007


Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA has said that recognition and respect of human rights must become instinctive and mainstreamed into public administration.

Speaking at the annual conference of the 6 County Human Rights Commission in Templepatrick Mr McGuinness said:

"There has always been a recognition that the protection, promotion and advancement of human rights is a key element of making the transition from a society in conflict to a society where diversity and rights are both respected and valued. That is why promoting equality and human rights was central to the Good Friday Agreement."

"It is the practical working out of this that presents challenges for us all, whether in terms of supporting the work of the Human Rights Commission or in promoting a culture of the respect of rights.

"Not only must we ensure that those who provide services to the public are aware of their obligations under human rights legislation, but that recognition and respect of rights becomes instinctive and is mainstreamed into public administration." ENDS

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