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Trimble attack on international human rights work branded disgraceful

29 January, 2004

Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights Spokesperson, South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane has branded David Trimble's attack on international human rights work as a disgrace.

Speaking from Columbia, Ms Ruane said:

"Human Rights organisations have played and continue to play an important role in the advancement of the Irish Peace Process. The work of human rights lawyers like Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson have been vital in defending people and communities against the worst excesses of this state.

"Those who protest loudest against the work of human rights organisations clearly have a vested interest in suppressing the truth about human rights abuses.

"David Trimble's comments have contributed to the culture of impunity that exists within the many armed wings of the British establishment, the British Army, MI5, the RUC and Special Branch who have operated outside of the law and with no regard to international human rights standards.

"Making these remarks at an international conference also gives succour to some of the most repressive regimes throughout the world where there is a refusal to acknowledge international human rights agencies and where there are systematic and massive abuses of human rights."ENDS

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