“This report is an important first step towards a full understanding of what happened to thousands of women and their children” First Minister Arlene Foster speaks ahead of publication of report into mother-and-baby homes in Northern Ireland
The Stormont-commissioned research examined institutions run by churches and other religious groups.
This "abuse", she said, happened on both sides of the Irish border."The state in Northern Ireland not only permitted what happened, but also policed it," she added.Amnesty said there were more than a dozen mother-and-baby home and Magdalene Laundry-type institutions in NI, with the last one closing its doors as recently as 1990.
Patrick Corrigan, NI programme director of Amnesty International, said the report would "shed new light on the appalling extent and vast scale of the suffering experienced by generations of women and girls in these institutions".The human rights organisation has written to the first and deputy first ministers urging them to meet survivors of mother-and-baby homes.
"It's time for ministers to listen to the survivors - both the women and girls forced into the homes and the children born there," said Mr Corrigan.'Shameful chapter' Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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BonSecours daraobriain Zarawalker9 tuambabies She always reminds me of PeterKay Geraldine. What about the others in England? Why are they left out? England was just as bad for my mother.I was lucky to survive adoption, abortion, still abandoned by my father, who had money, family of his own.. refused to accept his responsibilities to his death.