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Bill of Rights Forum held in Derry

13 October, 2007


Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed the visit of the Bill of Rights Forum to Derry this weekend.

Ms. Anderson said:

"As the only Foyle MLA who sits on the Bill of Rights Forum, I have lobbied for it to come to Derry and I was pleased that it met here.

"Representatives from all political parties as well as civil society are represented on the Forum and we are working extremely hard to develop a Bill of Rights which we hope will make a tangible difference to people's lives.

"For our part, Sinn Féin is committed to creating a strong and effective Bill which enshrines rights above and beyond what is already guaranteed in existing legislation - whether that be the right to employment or the right to a decent home.

"But to do that we need to ensure that the people take ownership of the process. It's not just about the Forum members sitting around a table deciding what rights people should have.

"That isn't our choice to make - it's for the people to decide and I would strongly encourage everyone to have their say on what rights they feel should be enshrined in the bill.

"They can do so by making representations to the Forum directly or by contacting their local representative on it." ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

The creation of a Bill of Rights for the North of Ireland was agreed as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

The BoR Forum is due to make its recommendations by spring of next year. These will then go to the Human Rights Commission and ultimately Westminster for ratification.

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