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All parts of Ireland should provide humanitarian access to Guantanámo detainees.

20 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Fein MEP Bairbre de Brún has called for all parts of Ireland to be opened to allow for Guantanámo Bay detainees to be given humanitarian access and has welcomed the Taoiseach’s commitment to allow some of the detainees to travel to the south of Ireland.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

“The detainees being held at Gauntanámo have had their basic human rights severely abused both thought he means in which they were held and the rendition process that led to them being held in the camp. These people should be freed and allowed to choose where in the world they now go.

“Obviously on humanitarian grounds many of the people who were held in Gauntanámo would not be able to travel to their homes for fear of further persecution. This leaves them essentially homeless and stateless.

“I believe that European countries should be open to allowing access for many of the Guantanámo detainees. I welcome the commitment by the Taoiseach to take a number of those held and would call for all parts of the island of Ireland to allow access for the cleared detainees.”

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