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Sinn Féin put Bill of Rights Roundtable forum on the agenda

27 February, 2006


Sinn Féin Human Rights and Equality Spokesperson, South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane speaking after a meeting with British direct Rule Minster David Hanson has said that the two governments must press ahead with the setting up of the Roundtable Forum on the Bill of Rights.

Speaking after meeting Mr Hanson in Belfast today, Ms Ruane said:

"The British government is in no doubt about the need to press ahead with the setting up of the Roundtable Forum on the Bill of Rights.

"Sinn Féin lobbied the two governments for the Roundtable Forum in our negotiations leading up to the Joint Declaration and succeeded in getting both governments to commit to it. They need to fulfil their long-overdue commitment on this and demonstrate immediate movement on the Roundtable Forum now.

"The Bill of Rights has been stalled for almost 7 years. It is unacceptable that the British government, in particular, have been allowing unionists a veto progress. Rights are non negotiable and the failure to progress the Bill of Rights is detrimental to people across all communities. Sinn Fein firmly believe that the Roundtable will allow politicians and people across all communities to fully understand and appreciate the importance of a strong Bill of Rights." ENDS

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