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Council of Europe Report highlights need to address rights of minorities - Archibald

10 March, 2017 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archivald has said that the latest report from the Council of Europe, regarding the protection of national minorities, has highlighted challenges which remain for ethnic and national minorities.

Caoimhe Archibald said:

"The findings of report indicate that the debate surrounding Brexit and potential repeal of the Human Rights Act has created anxiety about future protections of human rights in general, and amongst people belonging to national and ethnic minorities in particular.

"Persons of ethnic and national minorities are often the victims of hate crime.

"Therefore there is clearly a need to promote tolerance and intercultural dialogue, to condemn provocative language and to engage as widely as possible to counter the culture of inter-ethnic prejudices and hate speech.

"Challenges also remain in relation to higher levels of unemployment, low wages, underemployment, worse health status and access to care, high levels of poverty, low levels of English language knowledge and inadequate political representation.

"There needs to be improved efforts in terms of the protections of national and ethnic minorities." 

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