Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has welcomed the establishment by the Assembly of an ad hoc committee to consider the introduction of a Bill of Rights.
Mr O’Dowd said:
“A Bill of Rights was first committed to in the Good Friday Agreement and is clearly long overdue.
“Under the two Governments’ paper, A New Decade, New Approach, a commitment was given to the establishment of this committee and the Assembly has now delivered.
“What is now needed is a short, focused programme of work which then brings forward proposals for a Bill of Rights which will protect all our citizens.
“A Bill of Rights threatens no one and protects minorities whether they be in that position now or in the future.”