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Clear contrast between Culture Minister's stance and International Human Rights standards

18 October, 2007


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has echoed the concerns of the Human Rights Commissioner Monica McWilliams about the contrast between the stance taken by Culture Arts and Leisure Minister Edwin Poots and obligations under international human rights standards. These are questions that Minister Poots must answer to the Committee, the Executive and the general public said Ms de Brún.

The Sinn Féin MEP revealed that her party has sought a meeting with the Human Rights Commission to discuss how human rights standards are to be met in relation to Irish speakers.

Ms de Brún said:

"The Minister's recent statement has caused a level of concern that goes far beyond the Irish-speaking community. Those dealing with questions of respect, diversity and reconciliation are also concerned that the Assembly will be brought into disrepute internationally if it fails to uphold international standards."

Ms de Brún re-iterated her view that an Irish Language Act was the best way to de-politicise the language and make it an administrative matter. She pledged to continue to work towards this end. Ends

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