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Democratic Rights Must Be Protected

06 Dec 2012

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has condemned the recent violence in Northern Ireland.
NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented:
‘I unreservedly condemn the attacks in Carrickfergus and Bangor last night. These follow unacceptable violence at City Hall and East Belfast earlier in the week. The right to protest is not absolute’ it carries with it responsibilities to ensure peaceful assembly. Last night’s actions risked the right to life’ and undermined the rights to family’ home and privacy of those who were attacked. The attacks on and the intimidation of elected representatives raise particular human rights concerns. Our democracy and all its attendant human rights require that politicians be allowed the necessary safe space in which to carry out their duties.’
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For further information please contact Claire Martin’ Communications Worker: (028) 9024 3987.

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