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Approach of Human Rights Commission putting investment at risk

17 September, 2003

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights Bairbre de Brún has expressed concern that the approach of the Human Rights Commission to fair employment and parity of esteem could put future investment in the North at risk.

Bairbre de Brún said:

"The actions of the Human Rights Commission Chief Commissioner Brice Dickson, with regard to the Holy Cross school situation and the approach of the Commission to fair employment and parity of esteem may now impact to the detriment of the local economy. This must serve as a wake up call to everyone with an interest in the economic development of the North.

"Confidence in the Human Rights Commission has been eroded. Sinn Féin has argued for a programme of reconstruction in order to restore public confidence. It is imperative that the requirement under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement for an independent and effective Human Rights Commission is fully realised. The fact that continued failure to deliver on this requirement could now effect potential inward investment opportunities renders delivery all the more urgent." ENDS

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