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Detention and Treatment of Immigrants highlight disregard for Human Rights

16 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Human Rights and Equality, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said that a number of internationally ratified Human Rights are being breached by the British government in relation to the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Ms Anderson said:

"This report from Anne Owers, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, makes it clear that the movement of people detained by immigration services, their treatment while being detained in the north, the detention of children, the delays in processing cases and the uncertainty highlight a system that breaches that a number of internationally ratified Human Rights.

"We should not be routinely detaining people who are here as asylum seekers or immigrants.

"We are talking about vulnerable people, including very young children, who are being treated abysmally by a British government that is failing to respect their fundamental and basic human rights.

"The lack of information and advice for those detained in this manner is a total disgrace.

"While I welcome the input of Monica Williams, Sinn Féin will be meeting with the Human Rights Commission in the coming days to ensure that there is a commitment to follow through and to hold the British government to account at the highest international levels for these breaches." ENDS

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