Saturday November 23, 2019

Broken Irish asylum system is abusive

Ireland, of all places, should treat asylum seekers better

5th July, 2015

Protesters at a rally calling for the end of direct provision Picture: Photocall

The word “amnesty” comes from the Greek, meaning “forgetfulness” - it is related to the word “amnesia”. In the legal sense, it has come to mean the overlooking or forgiveness of past crimes.

Fleeing your home country because of violence or persecution and seeking protection in another is not a crime. So the use of the term “amnesty” in the context of asylum seekers is wrong.


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