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Group set up to form civil rights network

A new grassroots civil rights group has been formed in Derry on the anniversary of the first civil rights march with original members and some new faces.

The Social Justice Network will be a cross-community, anti-sectarian and non-party political group which will address rights issues pertinent to today, according to campaigner Ivan Cooper.

The group will tackle controversial topics such as the re-emergence of judicial mechanisms that cater for ‘supergrass’ testimonies.

Others issues that will be raised included human-trafficking; perceived targeting of those registered as disabled; alcohol and drug abuse, the need for a detox unit in the north west and limiting student expansion at Magee University College.

Mr Cooper explained: “The sectarianism that existed and which prevented one section of the community from getting jobs has largely disappeared but there are still issues that exist that any civil rights group must investigate.”

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