US immigration policy is child abuse
“The US Government is guilty of child abuse and an appalling demonstration of cruelty and inhumanity”, Gemma Weir of the Workers Party has said.
“In a six-week period more than 2,000 children have been forcibly removed from the arms of their parents and legal guardians and placed in wire mesh cages.
Party member Lily Kerr (centre) at the launch of Refugee Week 2018
NICRAS – the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees & Asylum Seekers – launched its 2018 Refugee Week in the City Hall on Monday.
NICRAS supports the integration process of refugees and asylum seekers into local communities throughout Northern Ireland and raises awareness of the issues, problems and difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland.
There are thought to be around 200 applications for asylum each year and around the same number of refugees seeking to settle in Northern Ireland.
Asylum seekers come from countries around the world that are experiencing war,
conflict and human rights abuses. In Northern Ireland, asylum applicants are most
commonly from China, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
The Workers Party was represented at the NICRAS Refugee Week launch by Lily Kerr.
Link to NICRAS website: http://www.nicras.btck.co.uk/
Choice: Free, safe, legal and accessible
“The focus on the reform and decriminalistion of abortion services in Northern Ireland has been sharpened by the result of the recent referendum in the Republic”. Workers Party representative Gemma Weir has claimed
“That momentum should now be translated into nothing short of locally available, safe, legal and accessible abortion services in Northern Ireland”, she said
The Workers Party is opposed to direct rule and has consistently called for the restoration of the Assembly and the Executive.
“However, the refusal of Sinn Fein and the DUP to form an administration means that the only viable option available is for Westminster to legislate for abortion services for Northern Ireland.
The reality is that women can’t wait.”, Gemma said
“The DUP and Sinn Fein continue to inflict a great disservice on local politics and the people of Northern Ireland.
“The human rights, health, well-being and choices of local women don’t even feature in their diversionary and on-going discussions.
“While local politicians choose to ignore it , Westminster must now acknowledge and respond to the suffering and plight of women in Northern Ireland who seek to have an abortion.
“The legislation must be comprehensive, unambiguous and immediate. It must legislate for free, safe, legal and accessible abortion services with pre and post information and support services” Gemma concluded