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Human Rights Commission appointments must be free of British interference

10 June, 2005

Sinn Féin's Equality, Human Rights and Women‚s spokesperson, South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane has said that in order to restore maximum public confidence to the North's Human Rights Commission that "any appointments made by the British government must ensure that the Commission is fully representative, is independent of British government interference and will be provided with the range of powers required to make it effective in fulfilling its remit."

Speaking after attending a major conference on role of Human Rights Commissions at Queens University today, Ms Ruane said:

"Sinn Féin has set out these parameters to the British government on a continuous basis and we share growing concerns being expressed by the equality and human rights constituencies around the protracted process underway since this time last year to produce new appointees to the Commission.

"What is required is the appointment of a new Chief Commissioner and Commissioners in whom people can have confidence in to advance, promote and protect human rights as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS

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