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British Refuse Meeting On Internees

30 July, 2003

Sinn Féin Representative Conor Murphy has criticised the British Home Office Minister Beverly Hughes for her refusal to meet with a cross party delegation to discuss the ongoing internment of asylum seekers in Maghaberry.

Mr Murphy said:

"Earlier this month I took part in a cross party delegation which visited some of those asylum seekers being interned in Maghaberry. After the visit we wrote to the British Home Office Minister with responsibility for this matter, Beverly Hughes seeking a meeting. Ms Hughes has now refused to meet the delegation.

"This is a fairly typical response by a British Minister to a Human Rights issue. Since we visited Maghaberry children and pregnant women have been added to the list of internees. The British government should be ashamed of this policy. Instead they are trying to bury the issue, in typical New Labour style, in the hope that they can avoid bad PR.

"Sinn Féin will continue to highlight this issue and will continue to campaign to have those currently interned in Maghaberry released." ENDS

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