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Policing Board to shut down Operation Exposure?

15 September, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Policing Board member and Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed a report by the Board’s human rights Advisor that the PSNI should not release images or details of anyone under 18 unless it is absolutely necessary.

Martina Anderson said:

“The board’s Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee met today to discuss the PSNI decision to release photographs of young people wanted for questioning.

“The Human Rights Advisor made clear her concern that images or other details of any person under the age of 18 years should not be released unless it is absolutely necessary in terms of protecting the general public or the young person from serious injury and only after all other methods have been tried and failed.

“This issue is addressed as part of a Thematic Review conducted by the Board on the rights of Children and Young People. It recommends that each and every decision to release a single image or other detail must be justified. In each case before the decision is taken the PSNI should conduct a detailed risk assessment and consult with all relevant individuals and agencies. A record of the risk assessment and consultation must be recorded.

“This was endorsed by the committee and will now go to the full Policing Board and there are obvious implications for PSNI operations such as ‘Operation Exposure’ where the images of young people allegedly involved in serious disorder were widely publicised.

“I would like to welcome this development because there is an onus on all of us to ensure that the human rights of children and young people are protected.”

Notes to Editors

The Thematic Review on the rights of Children and Young People will be published in November.

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