Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels to look at how the Europe can assist the promotion of human rights across Ireland.
“Sinn Féin is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights across Ireland.
“As an MEP I have worked with a range of groups in Europe to assist agencies and bodies across Ireland working in the field of human rights promotion.
“This week I brought a delegation of human rights groups to the European Parliament in Brussels to explore opportunities where Europe can provide practical help and guidance.
“The delegation included groups representing children and young people, older people’s groups, women’s groups, gay advocacy groups, victims’ representatives, students, Irish language activists and Travellers groups.
“The groups included the Children’s Law Centre, Age NI, Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Rainbow Project, CAJ, and the Human Rights Consortium.
“We took part in a range of discussions and workshops around the role of human rights in the European Union with a particular focus on the rights of children and young people and age discrimination.
“The delegation also included representatives of Conradh na Gaeilge and we heard about the experiences from other parts of Europe and how they dealt with language rights.
“This was a constructive and positive delegation and the groups involved made useful contacts.
“I will continue to work with all groups to promote human rights across Ireland.” ENDS/CRÍOCH