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Bill of Rights for the North is essential to the peace process – Ferris

22 October, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD


 Speaking today at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, discussing the subject of advancing a Bill of Rights for the North, Martin Ferris TD said:

“In a post conflict situation, human rights are even more important and a bill of rights is essential to building confidence in any peace process.

“It appears quite clear that the public has bought into the idea of a bill of rights, but there is not enough political will from the British government which seems intent on producing a British Bill of Rights, as opposed to implementing one based on the European Convention on Human Rights.

“It takes political support to bring the progress for a Bill of Rights forward.

“We have to create a situation where the demand comes from the people and leaders in civil society so their politicians are forced to support them. That is the way forward to what is an essential factor in the peace process.”

Deputy Ferris also welcomed the Joint Oireachtas Committee Chairman’s Frank Feighan TD comments when he welcomed the return of DUP ministers to the Northern Assembly and his call on all parties to engage positively together to address outstanding issue around the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement, related legacy issues, and the impact of paramilitarism. 

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