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Bill of Rights could help advance political process - McCann

6 October, 2014 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer Mc Cann has called for a Bill of Rights for the North to be brought forward to help advance the political process and deal with contentious issues.

"Speaking ahead of the  launch of the Transitional Justice  document 'Advancing the Bill of Rights' at Stormont today the West Belfast MLA said;

"A Bill of Rights is one of the outstanding commitments from the Good Friday Agreement.

"It is vital that we have a Bill of Rights for the North following British prime minister David Cameron's proposal to scrap the Human Rights Act in favour of his own version of a Bill of Rights. 

"It has long been recognised that in any society which is emerging from conflict that a rights based approach is important to advance reconciliation and respect for diversity.

"A Bill of Rights for the North will offer protections and provide a legal framework within which contentious issues or conflicting interests can be addressed.

"We need to build a society which is based on equality for all and protects the rights of all citizens.

"Advancing a Bill of Rights is key to this."

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