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De Brun calls for halt to Human Rights Commission appointments

11 September, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights, Bairbre de Brún has called on the British government to respond positively to serious criticism of the Human Rights Commission by taking immediate steps to halt the next round of appointments.

Ms de Brún said:

"The British government should clearly state that it will halt any further appointments to the Human Rights Commission in the absence of a credible process being put in place to select and appoint new Commissioners.

"Sinn Féin has consistently called for appointments to the Human Rights Commission to be governed by an independent, impartial selection process that is fully compatible with the Paris Principles, the international standard set for Human Rights Commission's worldwide.

"It is therefore imperative the British government makes no further appointments unless it takes decisive action to put in place a credible selection and appointment process that is governed by the Paris Principles. The Human Rights Commission has previously been made aware of our position and that our intent in this matter is to ensure that what emerges from this process is a fully independent and representative Commission." ENDS

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