Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed a report by Queen’s University and Ulster University on where next for a Bill of Rights in the north.
The party’s Justice spokesperson commented:
“Sinn Féin welcomes the report ‘Where Next for a Bill of Rights’ by Dr Anne Smith Ulster University Professor Colin Harvey Queen’s University Belfast.
“One of the main themes in the report identifies that current situation with Brexit highlights the need for a Bill of Rights to protect citizens.
“The report rightly identifies the rights and equality crisis in the north and a ‘formalisation failure’ on core concepts such as ‘equal citizenship and the rights and equality elements of the peace processes.
“The report highlights women’s rights, children’s rights and marriage equality, language rights as rights that do not go far enough and need addressed.
“The British and Irish Governments have a responsibility, as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, to address this outstanding matter of the Agreement.
“Sinn Féin believes that now is the time for a renewed debate on a Bill of Rights for the north.”