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Human Rights report recommendations must be acted upon speedily

20 April, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on Human Rights, Martina Anderson has stated recommendation issued in a report on Immigration within the north of Ireland must be speedily acted upon to protect the Human Rights of some of the most vulnerable people.

Speaking today Ms Anderson said:

“There are many recommendations within the report that must be acted upon speedily. Many of these issues have been ongoing and have still not been addresses. As a result human rights abuses are happening on a daily basis.

“There are many inconsistencies in the manner in which immigrants, whether legal or illegal, are facilitated and dealt with it is clear that there is no validation of guidelines or continuity in practice in policing modes. This undoubtedly leaves room for continual infringements and ill-treatment.

"These policy impact on the most vulnerable of people, including very young children, who are being treated abysmally by a British government policy that is failing to respect their fundamental and basic human rights.

“It objectionable that under the current conditions the border and discrimination continues to exist for some, but not for others.  This island needs one immigration system, one border control system, and one immigration policy.”

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