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Crowe calls on Irish government to call for release of three Irishmen detained in Colombia

19 January, 2004


Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe speaking at a press conference in Dublin this morning said "there is an even greater responsibility on the Irish government, now that they hold the Presidency of the EU, to ensure that the human rights of three Irishmen and EU citizens, currently being held in Colombia, are upheld." The press conference was held to announce that a parliamentary delegation comprising of Niall Andrews MEP, Caitriona Ruane MLA, Senator Mary White and Seán Crowe will be travelling to Colombia next week.

Deputy Crowe said:

"On several occasions last year the Irish government acknowledged that serious concerns exist in relation to the plight of three Irish men being held in Colombia and the fact that they have been subject to seriously prejudicial comments from people at the highest levels of the Colombian political and military establishment. It is clear, from these comments, that the Government believes that the men's trial has been prejudiced.

"While these comments are welcome, it is time that the government did more. They should be demanding the immediate release of the three men as it is very obvious that they cannot and will not receive justice in Colombia - no matter what assurances they are given by the Authorities there.

"I believe that there is an even greater responsibility on the Government to act, now that they hold the Presidency of the EU, to ensure that the human rights of Irish and EU citizens are upheld and this farce is brought to an end."ENDS

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