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Protests Must Respect Human Rights

04 Dec 2012

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has expressed deep concern at the violence during the protests at City Hall.


NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented:

”I am appalled at the violence displayed during last night’s protests at City Hall. It is clear that adequate protections must be given to freedom of expression and assembly in Northern Ireland society. However such rights are not absolute and need to be balanced against respect for the rights of others such as the right to safety in the community.

Police Officers’ Council Workers’ Public Servants and Journalists have the right to be spared injury while carrying out their lawful duties. Community and Political leaders must now find a way to ensure that last night’s scenes are not repeated.

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Further information:

For further information please contact Claire Martin’ Communications Worker: (028) 9024 3987.

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