IMEACHTAÍ AN CHOMHCHOISTE
PROCEEDINGS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE
JOINT COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Sub-Committee on Human Rights
Dé Céadaoin, 21 Eanáir 1998.
Wednesday, 21 January, 1998.
The Sub-Committee met at 12.15 p.m.
Senator John Connor also in attendance.
REPORT ON THE CURRENT SITUATION ON ALGERIA
Following a presentation by Ms Mary Lawlor, Director of Amnesty International - Ireland, the following resolution was agreed by the sub-committee:
“The Sub-Committee makes the following recommendations:
(i)That an international investigation into recent massacres and other abuses in Algeria be immediately convened in order to reveal the truth about who is responsible for these atrocities and to make recommendations;
(ii)That the investigation be based, in the first instance, on reports of the two special Rapporteurs on
(a)extrajudicial killings and
(b)torture, on which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights wishes to visit Algeria and report back before the next session of the Commission on Human Rights in March, and asks that these visits be accommodated by the Algerian authorities;
(iii)That a clause be inserted which allows the EU to obtain accurate information about the Human Rights situation in Algeria in view of the partnership agreement which is currently being negotiated by the EU with Algeria;
(iv)The setting up of an international tribunal, along the lines of the War Crimes Tribunal, to charge those guilty of human rights offences and to give them notice now of the intentions of the international community; and
(v)That the above four recommendations form the cornerstone of Government policy in relation to the Algerian situation.”.