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Anderson welcomes additional funding for debate on Bill of Rights

5 September, 2007


Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Human Rights and Equality, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed the additional money for public outreach programme of the Bill of rights Forum.

Ms Anderson said:

"Sinn Féin fought long and hard for the roundtable forum on the Bill of Rights. We now have the process underway and we need to ensure that people get involved in the debate and discussion on a future Bill of Rights so that people can begin to understand the importance and value of this legislation when it comes.

"There is an opportunity to reach communities at grass-roots level. We can popularise this issue, build consensus and develop outreach mechanisms so that there is widespread involvement in shaping a new Bill of Rights.

"We can set new standards in defining people's rights - not just in terms of fundamental human rights but also for specific groups and on socio-economic issues like the right to housing.

"Sinn Féin wants to see a strong and inclusive Bill of Rights that is enforceable.

"A Bill of Rights has the potential to transform our society and provide the framework for the broadest protection of the rights of everyone. 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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