The SDLP is proud to stand up for the rights of all in our society, regardless of sex, race, ethnic or social origin, language, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
We will continue to work tirelessly to make Northern Ireland a welcoming and safe place for migrant workers. It is unacceptable that those who want a better life for themselves and their families can feel threatened and unwelcome in our society. The SDLP wants to see all workers respected as equals and benefiting equally under the law.
The SDLP continues to champion human rights at all levels of government to advance the further development of a rights-based democratic culture here in the North. Evidence of this has been our sustained lobbying for a strong Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The SDLP remains convinced that a Bill of Rights can support the common ground that does exist in our society, and provide protections and principles upon which we can agree despite our differences. On such common ground we can build a truly shared future.
We will keep working to ensure that a Bill of Rights and other key rights won through the Good Friday Agreement are not 'unpicked' or downgraded, but fully delivered and implemented, according to the wishes of the vast majority of people on this island.
Across the North, the SDLP has been collaborating with community and church representatives to seriously tackle the plight of poverty and social injustice.