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Ó Snodaigh publishes legislation to protect Human Rights Commission

8 December, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has published a Bill entitled Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Bill 2008 which seeks to protect the Human Rights Commission from budgetary assaults and to ensure that its status reflects the overwhelming public endorsement of it articulated by the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement which mandated its establishment.

Speaking today ahead of the launch of the Bill Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The Government has attempted to use Budget '09 and the current economic climate as an excuse to silence critical non Government voices including that of the Human Rights Commission."

He added, "Sinn Féin's Bill attempts to insulate the Human Rights Commission from such attacks in the future by making it more accountable to the Oireachtas rather than to a single Minister and by creating a new All Party Committee on Human Rights to ensure Oireachtas debate around and input into the Commission's ongoing resource needs." ENDS

Deputy Ó Snodaigh is available to brief the media on the content of the Bill. For more information contact Shaun Tracey on 0877735218.

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