11 March 2010 Edition

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Equality and Human Rights high on agenda

BY EOIN Ó BROIN

Equality and human rights were high on the agenda of this year’s Ard Fheis, with a number of important motions supported by delegates.
One such motion outlined the party’s support for the Equality and Human Rights Alliance. The motion attacked the government’s record on social and economic rights and asserted that equality and rights must be at the heart of national economic recovery.
Another motion called on both the Irish and British governments to ratify the UN Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Delegates at the RDS also supported a motion on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and urged the Irish government to immediately ratify the Treaty in order for people with disabilities to be treated as equal citizens.
Cúige Uladh were successful in securing support for their motion on the UN Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The Convention condemns “violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice based on sexual orientation and gender”. The motion also called on Sinn Féin activists to play a more active role in Lesbian and Gay Pride in 2010.

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