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Sinn Féin calls for the ratification of the European convention on trafficking to be ratified on International Women's Day

8 March, 2006

On the occasion of International Women’s Day today, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Women and Older people, Armagh MLA Pat O’Rawe has called on both the Irish and British governments to ratify the European Convention on Trafficking "as a matter of some considerable urgency."

Pat O’Rawe, who will be attending an event on Trafficking at the Human Rights Commission’s offices and joining a lunchtime picket line in West Belfast to protest at the increase of violence against women in general said:

"The spotlight on violence against women is rightly being highlighted around the world today on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

"However one of the most hidden and growing forms of such violence is the human Trafficking of women and indeed of children.

"The Irish and British governments should take immediate action to ratify the European Convention on Trafficking so that women can live free this deplorable slave trading of women across European borders.

"Here in Ireland we are hearing with increasing alarm and concern from human rights agencies such as Amnesty International and the Human Rights Commission that this despicable abuse of women is becoming more evident in Ireland.

"Sinn Féin will be seeking meetings with the relevant Ministers on this issue and in the meantime we are calling for the provision of resources and facilities to assist women who are subjected to this violence."


Note to Editors: Pat O’Rawe MLA will be available for comment between 12-1.30pm at the Falls Women’s Centre, West Belfast and from 3pm-4pm at the offices of the Human Rights Commission, Temple Court, North Street, Belfast.


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