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PSNI Conference Criticised

19 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Human Rights Caitriona Ruane has accused the PSNI of being 'in denial about the Human Rights abusers within its ranks'. Ms Ruane's comments come after the PSNI organised a conference in Belfast today at which the PSNI will give a presentation on Human Rights within the context of policing.

Ms Ruane said:

" Many people will be amazed at the brass neck of the PSNI organising a conference about Human Rights practices within policing. This is the force who for decades participated in the campaign of state sanctioned murder which Judge Cory has recently exposed. They continue to run agents within the various unionist paramilitary gangs and continue to control and manipulate those organisations.

" This is a force which is dominated and controlled by the Special Branch and which has human rights abusers spread throughout its ranks. Those individuals and communities who have suffered human rights abuses and continue to suffer human rights abuses at the hands of this force have every right to be angry at the organisation of this conference.

" It seems that Hugh Orde and his colleagues at the top of the PSNI are living in denial about the force which they head. Instead of trying to weed out human rights abusers Hugh Orde has time and again attempted to cover-up their presence within his force and protect them from public or independent scrutiny. This conference is part of that cosmetic exercise." ENDS

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