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Item 4: Order Paper 11-07/08 – 15 October 2007

Private Members’ Business - Motions

Motion - Bill of Rights Forum Membership

That this Assembly acknowledges that the unionist community has been largely excluded from the human rights process in Northern Ireland and under-represented within the human rights sector, resulting in the Bill of Rights Forum having a clear imbalance in the composition of its membership; believes that without the support of all sections of our community any Bill of Rights process is fundamentally flawed; and calls upon the Secretary of State to address these problems urgently, by ensuring processes that will facilitate better engagement with the unionist community and ensuring that the membership of the Bill of Rights Forum is more reflective of all the people of Northern Ireland.


[Miss M McIlveen]
[Mr G Campbell]

The Speaker has selected the following amendment(s) for debate:

Amendment 1:  Leave out all after ‘Assembly’ and insert:

‘believes that a succesful Bill of Rights process requires the input and support of all sections of our community; welcomes the cross-party, cross-community and cross-sectoral participation in the Bill of Rights Forum; acknowledges that additional resources have been granted to enable greater outreach to priority groups, including the unionist community; and wishes the Forum well in all its endeavours.’

[Mrs D Kelly]
[Mr A Maginness]

Amendment 2: Leave out all after ‘acknowledges’ and insert:

‘that the involvement of all people in the process leading to a Bill of Rights is vital; and that the absence of real participation and representation from within any sector would make the achievement of a Bill of Rights more difficult.’

[Ms M Anderson]