Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (141)

Ciarán Cuffe

Question:

139 Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the steps he intends to take to improve human rights here after Amnesty's report, Human Rights Begin at Home, in which Ireland was condemned for misconduct by the police and the violation of rights carried out by prison authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2597/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The recently published Amnesty International report refers to general EU human rights policy and contains proposals with regard to human rights issues both within the EU states and worldwide in the context of the Irish and Dutch Presidencies of the EU Council during 2004.

In so far as the report deals with the area of justice and home affairs, for example, judicial co-operation, the European arrest warrant, police co-operation, racism and discrimination, a common European asylum system, immigration and borders, violence against women and human trafficking, the views of Amnesty International as set out in the report have been noted. Other aspects in the report are matters for the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Question No. 140 answered with QuestionNo. 25.