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MIA Features In Mary Robinson Documentary
30, Nov 2008 - 12:45

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Mary Robinson meets refugees and asylum seekers living in Mayo in Mayo Intercultural Action.

Mayo Intercultural Action (MIA) will feature in a documentary on RTÉ One to be broadcast on 7 December next to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The programme, part of the ‘Would You Believe’ series, profiles Mary Robinson, ex-President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002) and will look at her life, her continuing commitment to human rights and her attachmernt to Mayo.

Mary Robinson visited MIA's offices last July and met representatives from the immigrant community living in Mayo. These included asylum seekers, refugees and migrants from different countries who are active and show leadership in their communities. The MIA Intercultural Singing Group entertained Mary during her visit to MIA. RTÉ filmed the visit and this features in the documentary.

In a recent interview with The Irish Times, Mary Robinson said: “The West is my favourite place in the world and I see a lot of good changes there – the people who have come in for example.  I interrupted my holiday last year to meet the Mayo intercultural association and when I came into the room there were people from Nigeria, Somalia and Asia singing a song from Burma”

Thérèse Ruane of MIA said:  “It was a privilege to welcome Mary Robinson to our offices last July.  We in MIA feel really honoured that we were asked to be part of this documentary. Mary has always been very supportive of our work; we appreciate that recognition.  Her commitment to human rights is an inspiration to us here in MIA and in Mayo.”

Mary Robinson with MIA staff and volunteers

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