Amnesty criticise Government's mission in Middle East

Amnesty Ireland has voiced serious concern about the failure of Government to raise human rights issues during its trade mission to the Middle East.

The group is to write to the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs to ask if it is now part of Ireland's Foreign policy to allow trade issues to trump the governments human rights commitments.

They have also sent a copy of a report published last November which details serious abuses of the rights of migrant workers in Qatar including evidence of forced labour to Enda Kenny.

"We're very concerned that what we see now is an abandonment of Ireland's traditional approach where human rights dialogue was part of all its bilateral conversations with other stated, including its discussion on trade," said Colm O Gorman, executive Director of Amnesty.

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