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Travellers' accommodation to be investigated by Human Rights Commission

Published 06/09/2016

Travellers have complained about their accommodation, saying it is unhealthy
Travellers have complained about their accommodation, saying it is unhealthy

The Human Rights Commission is to investigate Travellers' accommodation in Northern Ireland.

A quarter have said their residences are unhealthy and many have concerns about safety.

A lack of footpaths, public lighting, fire hydrants, play areas, plumbing, washing facilities, electricity and refuse management are among the issues described, according to the Commission.

Chief commissioner Les Allamby said: "The Northern Ireland Executive and other public authorities are required by human rights law to fulfill the right to adequate housing and must ensure non-discrimination.

"Examining these aspects in relation to Travellers' accommodation will be the principal focus of the Commission's investigation."

The Housing Executive has outlined the need for appropriate accommodation for Travellers.

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