Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (92)

Simon Coveney


76 Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the Amnesty International report on allegations of police ill treatment and excessive use of force in Germany; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4306/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

I wish to refer the Deputy to my reply of 28 January in which I reaffirmed the Government's appreciation for the contribution that Amnesty International makes to furthering the cause of promoting and protecting human rights internationally. I am confident that the German Government will have closely examined the contents of the Amnesty report.

As the Deputy will be aware, Germany has extensive constitutional protection for human rights and is a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for an independent European complaints mechanism to augment safeguards provided in national protection. Germany is also a party to a number of other international human rights instruments.