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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Bossano statement "Leadership with capital L"

Equality Rights Group GGR Chairman, Felix Alvarez (left) has today welcomed “the common sense and openness with which Joe Bossano (leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party, the GSLP) has laid evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee on human rights issues in Gibraltar. Bossano’s plain speaking on these issues is Leadership with a capital L.

“Joe Bossano has not beaten about the bush, and has made his views abundantly clear: unequal treatment of citizens not only contravenes Gibraltar’s international law obligations but also goes against the grain of the majority of Gibraltarians’ sense of tolerance. We live in a small community and in this community the majority of us understand that we should treat others as we would wish ourselves to be treated too. It is only the prejudice and discrimination of a minority of bigots which brings Gibraltar into disrepute internationally and brings us discredit within our own land.

“The GSLP leader’s clear commitment to human values in our community, and in the plainest of terms” Mr Alvarez added, “is a signal to Gibraltar that there are, indeed, human and political leaders still left among us who are willing to make a sincere stand on behalf of ordinary people regardless of political considerations,” the statement ended.