Government must deliver Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland
Fifteen years ago today, the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement was overwhelmingly approved by a referendum of the people.
It heralded the beginning of the end to conflict and a start to a new society in Northern Ireland.
There have been many positive developments since that day, but the full promise of the agreement has yet to be delivered.
As with many societies emerging from conflict, a Bill of Rights was part of Northern Ireland's peace agreement.
This Bill of Rights was intended, via Westminster legislation, to help secure the peace by protecting the rights of everyone.
As events in Northern Ireland continue to show, the need to build a just and peaceful society is as important as ever.
Fifteen years on, the UK Government has still not fully implemented the agreement. It has still not legislated for the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.
We call on the UK Government to secure the peace, deliver on its agreement commitments and legislate for a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights.
Children’s Law Centre
Committee on the Administration of Justice
Disabled Police Officers Association
Human Rights Consortium
Irish Congress of Trade Unions
National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland
North-West Community Network
Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities
Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance
Relatives For Justice
Rural Community Network
Save the Children
Unite the Union
WAVE Trauma Centre
Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland
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