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Scaremongers will not undermine Rights process

14 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Human Rights Spokesperson, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said that delivering on the Bill of Rights will protect women, political and religious freedoms and establish rights to housing and to join trade unions.

Ms Anderson said:

"Establishing a broad based Bill of Rights that meets the highest of international Human Rights standards has the potential to transform our society.

"A Bill of Rights that provides the fullest range of social, economic, political and cultural rights will for example protect women, protect political and religious freedoms and establish rights to housing and to join trade unions.

"It would also have the potential to make a real difference in lives of people with disabilities and in tackling poverty and social deprivation.

"It would bring together all of the existing protections into a single piece of legislation that would simplify the entire process.

"Sadly some oppose the Bill of Rights process. Many of these are people who hark back to the discrimination of past.

"A strong and inclusive Bill of Rights threatens no-one and is an essential part of the journey away from the conflict of the past into the hope of the tomorrow." ENDS

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