Bradley's Speech Bill of Rights Event 20 Aug 2003
Leatham's speech Bill of Rights Event 20 Aug 2003
Bill of Rights Project
Person's Guide to Bill of Rights
In March 1999 the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
was set up. One of its tasks was to come up with suggestions
for a new Northern Ireland Bill of Rights.
Before doing this the Human Rights Commission decided that
it needed to ask other people in Northern Ireland about what
they would like to see in a Bill of Rights. Voluntary groups
like Save the Children and the Children's Law Centre saw this
as a great opportunity to make sure that the ideas that children
and young people have got heard so we decided to get involved
in the Bill of Rights Project.
First we trained and spoke with over 30 people who work with
young people from a wide variety of backgrounds such as young
people with disabilities, young parents, young people in the
care and justice systems, young people excluded from school
and young people who have been directly affected by the conflict.
We started this project in the summer of 2000, planning the
training sessions and gathering materials from the Human Rights
Commission. In September 2000 we ran the training and from
then to the end of January 2001 those workers worked with
their own young people to come uup with suggestions for the
Northern Ireland Bill of Rights.
In total 80 young people from 10 different groups throughout
Northern Ireland took part in the Bill of Rights Project.
In February 2001 they all met together with a number of Commissioners
and staff members from the Human Rights Commission to tell
them what they wanted to see in a Bill of Rights.