49 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the position of the Irish Government in relation to its support for a motion at a recent UN General Assembly calling for a full scale international inquiry into ongoing human rights violations in Algeria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17688/98]
Written Answers. - Human Rights Abuses.
54 Mr. Finucane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Algeria; and the steps, if any, he and his EU colleagues have been taking to ensure that human rights are restored there. [22065/98]
82 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps, if any, the Government is taking to promote a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Algeria and to bring to justice those responsible for human rights abuses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22051/98]
Bernard J. DurkanQuestion:
90 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether he has received recent reports on the situation in Algeria; if he has made suggestions to the United Nations with a view to alleviating the strife there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22309/98]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 49, 54, 82 and 90 together.
The situation in Algeria continues to give the Government the most serious cause for concern. The civil war is continuing and further massacres of innocent civilians, including women and children, are taking place. There are repeated reports regarding violations of basic human rights mentioned in the Report of the Panel of Eminent Persons set up by the UN Secretary-General and that of the UN Human Rights Committee, both of which appeared in September and which I have received and read.