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Sinn Féin to discuss conditions of Asylum Seekers with Maghaberry Prison Governor

9 February, 2004

Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights Spokesperson, South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane and Spokesperson on Racism, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey will meet the Governor of Maghaberry Prison tomorrow, Tuesday 10th February 2004, at 10am to discuss concerns about the conditions faced by Asylum Seekers held in detention.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Ms Ruane said:

"Asylum Seekers should not be detained in Maghaberry Prison. The detention of people without charge, trial or conviction is a clear breach of international human rights standards.

"Sinn Féin is concerned at the specific conditions faced within Maghaberry by Asylum Seekers and believes that steps should be taken with regard to their treatment and welfare.

"Asylum Seekers are often fleeing serious human rights abuses within their own country and it is vital that their rights are protected and vindicated here." ENDS

Note to Editors

Caitriona Ruane and Alex Maskey will meet the Governor of Maghaberry Prison at 10 am. Following the meeting both will participate in a major Conference on Asylum Seekers organised by Democratic Dialogue in Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast

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