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Sinn Féin welcomes EU report on Asylum

15 December, 2004


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Equality, Human Rights and Women, South Down MLA Catríona Ruane has welcomed a report on EU Asylum procedures and protections. Ms Ruane commenting upon the report entitled 'Report on asylum procedure and protection in regions of origin', said that it focuses on the humanitarian and civil rights which lie at the heart of the asylum debate.

Ms Ruane said:

"Progress in establishing a genuine human rights society can be judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable. Much of the world assesses the EU's commitment to equality, justice and fair play by the way each member state conducts itself in terms of the treatment of those fleeing war and persecution across the globe.

"This report - on asylum procedure and protection - focuses on the humanitarian and civil rights which lie at the heart of the asylum debate.

"I fully support demand for the highest possible international human rights standards to guide EU policy. The report's rejection of 'holding centres' as even a short-term solution to the issue of asylum is welcome and should be strongly endorsed.

"Conflict, poverty and socio-political instability affect millions of people across the world. We need to shift the emphasis towards promoting conflict resolution and prevention under the auspices of the United Nations, rather than moving towards greater military intervention. The long-term solution to the issue of asylum is to reduce conflict and poverty globally. " ENDS

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