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De Brún in call over detention of Asylum Seekers

24 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Bairbre de Brún has said that if the British government are simply planning to move detainees and asylum seekers from Maghaberry to another prison regime then that would 'be totally unacceptable'. Ms de Brún's remarks come after the announcement that detainees and asylum seekers are to be moved from Maghaberry to Hydebank and a facility at the old Crumlin Road prison.

Ms de Brún said:

" Sinn Féin has consistently supported the campaign to have the detainees and asylum seekers removed from Maghaberry prison. The announcement that this is to happen is therefore welcome. However if the British government is simply proposing moving them to another prison regime then that would obviously be unacceptable.

" The former British Home Office Minister Beverly Hughes consistently refused to meet local groups active on this issue. She has now been replaced by the former NIO Direct Rule Minister Des Browne. It is vital that Mr Browne now meets with local activists and political parties and explains in very clear terms what the Home Office is proposing form the detainees and asylum seekers currently being held in Maghaberry.

" Locking detainees and asylum seekers in prison conditions is a disgraceful practice which clearly breaches human rights standards and must be ended." ENDS

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