Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Human Rights Issues.
Alan Shatter (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
I thank the Minister. At an early point the International Red Cross sought access to Burma to ascertain the whereabouts of prisoners, if prisoners are detained in detention centres and how they are being treated. Does the Minister have information in this regard? Has he communicated with the Chinese Government? In replying to Deputy Timmins the Minister stated he made direct contact with the Chinese. What response did he receive? Has the Government information, directly or communicated through the UN or EU member states, on how those who protested and disappeared are currently being treated? Does the Government have specific concerns about this issue?