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British government must demonstrate commitment to Human Rights - Adams

1 July, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has said that the British government must demonstrate their commitment to meet the commitment to Human Rights criteria set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Adams said:

"This latest resignation from the Human Rights Commission is just the latest in a long series of events that further underline the failure of the British government in particular to properly establish the Human Rights Commission, and establish the ethos that meets the criteria set out in the Good Friday Agreement, as well as the needs of people here.

"The current Human Rights Commission has been discredited due to its approach on Human Rights and Equality issues. It is therefore a matter of deep concern to discover that the British government has adopted a course of action that is likely to sustain this unacceptable situation.

"A range of Human Rights organisations and NGOs have called for reassurances from the British government on the appointments process, for clarification of its intentions on providing additional powers and for the need for a balanced and representative Commission. These are matters which Sinn Féin have consistently raised with the British government as essential prerequisites to the establishment of an entirely new Human Rights Commission that fully complies with the Good Friday Agreement.

"The British government must provide the necessary assurances that these legitimate concerns will be acted upon. The British government must demonstrate its commitment to Human Rights by acting on these concerns" ENDS

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