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Inaugural meeting of Bill of Rights Forum

3 April, 2007

Sinn Féin's newly appointed spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said that the first meeting of the Bill of Rights Forum in Belfast tomorrow, Wednesday April 4th, should send out the positive message that the process of delivering a Bill of Rights is underway.

Ms Anderson said:

"Despite the fact that the Bill of Rights process has been delayed and frustrated the first meeting of the Forum, bringing together politicians from across our society and representatives of civic society, the churches and Trade Unions, sends out the positive message that there is now a determination to deliver a Bill of Rights.

"Sinn Féin looks forward to working with the International Chair, the participants to the Forum and the public in the year ahead to engage in a real dialogue to gain better understandings about what set of rights and what implementation mechanisms we need in our Bill of Rights.

"A Bill of Rights has the potential to truly transform our society by providing the framework for the broadest protection of the rights of everyone and I believe that it has a defining role in developing a shared society.

"I believe that we need the widest possible participation in developing this legislation because it will be all the stronger when there is genuine ownership of the principles that will underpin the Bill of Rights." ENDS

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