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Murphy - Asylum Seeker report being launched tomorrow

10 August, 2003

Sinn Féin Representative Conor Murphy will attend the launch of the updated Law Centre 'Sanctuary in a Cell' report into the situation regarding Asylum Seekers in the six counties tomorrow morning (Monday 11th) at 10.30am in the Equality Commission. Speaking in advance of the launch Mr. Murphy said:

"This report was first launched two years ago and a Sinn Féin motion to the Assembly calling for its recommendations to be implemented was unanimously passed. Unfortunately two years on the situation which Asylum Seekers in the six counties find themselves in has not improved.

"People, including pregnant women and children who have committed no offence are being interned in Maghaberry. This is a breach of the most basic human rights standards. Indeed the British government have even refused to meet with local politicians to discuss this situation, preferring instead to try and minimise publicity and minimise the fact that they are engaging in human rights abuses.

" Irish Republicans have an affinity with those people who are victims of oppressive and undemocratic regimes in their own homelands and we have an affinity with those being interned without having committed any offence. We will continue to highlight this issue and campaign for an end to the internment of Asylum Seekers in Maghaberry."ENDS

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