Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

We still need a Bill of Rights

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. Its full promise of the agreement has yet to be delivered. A Bill of Rights was part of Northern Ireland's peace agreement. It was intended to help secure the peace by protecting the rights of everyone.

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 Bill of Rights.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, AGE NI, CHILDREN'S LAW CENTRE and 16 OTHERS

(Full list of signatories at www.belfast telegraph.co.uk/opinion/letters)

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