20 March 2008 Edition

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A Bill of Rights offers hope for many

Martina Anderson

Martina Anderson

DELIVERING on a Bill of Rights in the Six Counties will protect women and political and religious freedoms and establish rights to housing and to join trade unions, Sinn Féin Human Rights spokesperson Martina Anderson has said.
“It would also have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities and in tackling poverty and social deprivation,” the Foyle MLA said.
“It would bring together all of the existing protections into a single piece of legislation that would simplify the entire process.”
The Sinn Féin Assembly regretted the negative attitudes of some unionists to the very idea of a Bill of Rights.
“Sadly, some oppose the Bill of Rights process. Many of these are people who hark back to the discrimination of past.
“A strong and inclusive Bill of Rights threatens no one and is an essential part of the journey away from the conflict of the past into the hope of the tomorrow.”

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