Liz O'Donnell to address murders of Rosemary Nelson and Pat Finucane at Human Rights Commission in Geneva
Minister of State Liz O'Donnell will address the 55th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights tomorrow morning in Geneva.
The Minister will urge that the investigation into the murder of human rights lawyer, Rosemary Nelson, be fully independent and transparent. The Minister will also be urging a full response from the British authorities to the recent British Irish Rights Watch report into the murder ten years ago of lawyer Pat Finucane.
Minister O'Donnell will also talk about the importance of development cooperation, debt alleviation and overseas development assistance, the rights of the child and the need to combat racism. She will call for global solidarity to halt the trafficking in childrens' bodies in prostitution and pornography as we enter a new millenium.
During her visit to Geneva, the Minister will have several bilateral meetings including with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Mary Robinson, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mrs. Ogata.
This Session of the Commission on Human Rights will continue until 30 April. Ireland's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva will chair the six-week long meeting.
For further information on the visit, please contact either: John Murray (0872-446533) or Elizabeth McCullough (01-4082278)