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Sinn Féin welcome call for Bill of Rights Roundtable

13 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights spokesperson Caitriona Ruane MLA has welcomed the statement from the Human Rights Commission today calling on all political parties to support the establishment of a Bill of Rights Roundtable Forum.

Ms Ruane said:

"Sinn Féin has confidence that the promise of a Bill of Rights for the North can be constructively progressed if a Roundtable Forum is established by both the Irish and British governments. There should be no further delay in doing so.

"The Roundtable presents a genuine opportunity for meaningful engagement with all political parties and civic society about what additional protections should be in a Bill of Rights.

"It is unfortunate that the Bill of Rights became bogged down by the mishandling of core human rights issues by the previous Human Rights Commission. There is now a clear opportunity for those in political leadership to work together alongside civil society to produce a strong and inclusive Bill of Rights.

"The Roundtable Forum would also assist the Human Rights Commission which is tasked with bringing forward advice on what a Bill of Rights should contain. We welcome the direct call from the Human Rights Commission today on political parties to engage with the Roundtable process once established." ENDS

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