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Direct Provision is a basic denial of human rights and must be dismantled – Adams

19 July, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described Direct Provision as “basic denial of human rights” and called for the system to be “dismantled”.

Deputy Adams made the comments in response to the findings of a report from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on consultations with children and young people living in Direct Provision centres.

The report found that children and young people living in Direct Provision feel unsafe and concerned for their person well-being. They also described their living conditions as being overcrowded and dirty.

Speaking in Drogheda today, Deputy Adams said;

“The system of Direct Provision is a basic denial of human rights.

“The system has been in place for 17 years. It was originally intended to accommodate asylum seekers for six months, but the reality is that many people have had to grow up in Direct Provision.

“The report makes it very clear that the lives of children and young people living in Direct Provision are adversely affected as a result on the conditions they experience on a daily basis.

“They speak of feeling intimidated by older men, of cramped and unsanitary living conditions, of poor nutrition and diet, and of the poverty imposed on them by the system. It is harrowing, though not surprising, that these children find it difficult to identify aspects of their lives that they enjoy. 

“The Direct Provision System is shameful and totally unacceptable. It reflects an attitude which in previous years created the dreadful Magdalene laundries and the industrial schools.

“It should be dismantled and a new, more humane, transparent and accountable system be put in place.

“This new system should be based on internationally accepted protocols which provide dignity for those who are fleeing torture and hardship and want to build a new life in a new place.”

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