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Human Rights must be based on due process

27 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Human Rights, Equality and Women's Spokesperson, South Down MLA Catríona Ruane commenting on the ruling that indefinite detention without trial was a fundamental breech of human rights laws and on the decision of British Home Secretary Charles Clarke to replace this with a form of house arrest has said that this is also an affront to international human rights standards.

Ms Ruane said:

"The ruling that indefinite detention without trial is a fundamental breech of human rights is positive. It was the only decision that could have been reached.

"However the decision to introduce a form of house arrest without any recourse to due process of the presentation of evidence as to culpability is an affront to international human rights standards.

"Only last week the British government renewed the temporary emergency powers legislation that has been in force here in one form or anther for the past 84 years. The UN Committee Against Torture has made it clear that there is no justification for the continued use of such emergency powers that throughout the history of their existence have been used against the nationalist community.

"None of these development do anything to promote the creation of human rights culture in this part of Ireland.

"Human Rights must be based on due process and the ability to scrutinise evidence that is used to deny people the right to liberty." ENDS

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