Human Rights

The Progressive Unionist Party is committed to working for the establishment of a just, equitable and pluralist society in Northern Ireland. To this end the party is endeavouring to facilitate the social, economic and cultural transformation of the Province.

The first prerequisite for a just and equitable society is mutuality, and the Progressive Unionist Party positively upholds the right of each individual regardless of gender, race, colour, religion, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, prison record or social background to be treated with equality, dignity and justice in all aspects and spheres of human life.

The party is committed to campaigning for a written Constitution for Northern Ireland that will embody a Bill of Rights along the lines of the European Convention on Human Rights. Such a Bill of Rights would include guarantees against discrimination. In order to ensure a working of the system in both minority and majority interests there should be a broad committee of eight judges - two from the United Kingdom, two from the Republic of Ireland, two from Northern Ireland and two from the European Courts - to oversee any Bill of Rights.

The party also calls for a local office in Belfast where Human Rights issues could be discussed with some urgency, with a view to local conciliation, in much the same way that the Labour Relations Agency is able to conciliate in a reasonable time on matters of importance in the commercial and industrial areas. Human Rights issues, in particular those surrounding Courts and Court procedures, could be handled with a greater urgency and in so doing prevent local conflict on serious issues.