Republican News · Thursday 24 Novemeber 2000

[An Phoblacht]

RUC brand human rights training ``a waste of time''

Human rights training involving RUC Special Branch officers has been exposed as a farce after it was revealed that people suing the RUC were referred to as ``toe rags'' and old people were described as ``custard dribbling old fools''.

The comments were included in a Six-County Human Rights Commission assessment of an RUC training programme on the 1998 Human Rights Act.

The revelations came after Labour MP Kevin McNamara asked a parliamentary question and received a copy of the report.

``The RUC training is not proceeding in the spirit of Patten,'' said McNamara.

During the training carried out by a higher education institution one senior RUC officer criticised human rights activists saying some people involved in human rights ``get the subject a bad name''.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Hayes told An Phoblacht: ``If this is the attitude that the RUC including senior Special Branch Officers bring to human rights, then the future for policing is bleak. It seems that these people are determined to defend the past rather that build for the future.''

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