A Bill of Rights is a legally enforceable agreement between a state and the people within it, of the fundamental or essential rights and freedoms that the government of the state must protect. Creating a new legal framework and rebuilding confidence in the legal system has proven to be an essential element of transition in societies all around the world. Various international examples from countries emerging from conflicts indicate that the process of creating a rights-based instrument represents an important fresh start.
We in the North can learn much from these experiences. These processes, like the Bill of Rights debate here, can allow all sections of a divided society to come together and voice their views about what rights need to be protected in their post-conflict lives.
More information at:
The Human Rights Commission
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