[Sinn Fein]

30th January 2003

SF Meet Commission on Bill of Rights

Following a meeting between Sinn Fein and the Human Rights Commission today in Belfast, the party's Equality and Human Rights Spokesperson Bairbre deBrún said:

``Sinn Fein requested today's meeting to discuss the nature of the future consultation around the Bill of Rights and to appraise the Commission of the issues we have raised in the talks process.

``It is our view, shared by most parties, that we need a comprehensive and inclusive Bill of Rights to emerge in the time ahead.

``We would be hopeful that there will be progress made among the political parties on this issue in the current talks process.

``The involvement of civic society in the Bill of Rights process is crucial. To this end I welcome the conference being organised by the Human Rights Consortium being held on Monday 3rd February in the Long Gallery where issues relating to what should be contained in a Bill of Rights will be debated.''

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