• UN Committee concerned about the protection of children’s rights and devolution in Northern Ireland

    The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child has criticised the lack of Northern Ireland representation during its examination process in Geneva. In its report on the Optional Protocol…
    23 Jun 2014
  • How the NI Human Rights Commission works with European and Global Institutions

    How the NI Human Rights Commission works with European and Global Institutions to protect and promote the rights of everyone in Northern Ireland. <p><p>
    23 Jun 2014
  • Human Rights Commission welcomes appointment of new Chief Commissioner

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today welcomes the appointment of Les Allamby as its new Chief Commissioner. All seven Commissioners have also agreed to serve a second term. The current Interim…
    20 Jun 2014
  • NICEM launch of Benchmark Report on Human Rights and Racial Equality

    At the NICEM launch of “Human Rights and Racial Equality Benchmarking Report“: following Junior MinisterMcCann, NIHRC Director Virginia McVea and former Commissioner Professor Colin Harvey delivered…
    20 Jun 2014
  • Human Rights Commission to give Health Committee evidence on Emergency Health Care Inquiry

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will today appear before the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety to update them on its Inquiry into emergency health care. This Inquiry…
    18 Jun 2014
  • Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner on the NIHRC Inquiry

    Chris Sidoti, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner and former Director of the International Service for Human Rights, talks about Human Rights Inquiries and what they mean for the public.
    12 Jun 2014
  • Human Rights Commission announces locations for public hearings

    As part of its inquiry into emergency healthcare, the NI Human Rights Commission has today announced the locations for a series of public hearings to take place in the autumn. The Commission will be calling…
    09 Jun 2014
  • Human Rights Commission inquiry into emergency healthcare

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today launches a Human Rights Inquiry into emergency healthcare. The main focus of the inquiry is the participation of the public and those working in the health…
    03 Jun 2014
  • NIHRC requests UN guidance on hate speech and freedom of expression

    When is a statement protected by the right to freedom of expression and when does it cross the line to be hate speech? This question has been debated across Northern Ireland in the past week. Human rights…
    30 May 2014
  • Human Rights Commission visits Armagh

    The human rights concerns of the people living in Armagh City and District Council were examined when the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission visited Armagh yesterday. Commissioners and staff spent…
    28 May 2014
  • A Human Rights approach to tackling Poverty highlighted in Newry

    The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are today holding a conference to highlight the importance of human rights in tackling poverty…
    16 May 2014
  • Free Advice and Information Clinic

    Would you like advice or information on human rights? What about the rights of children or older people? Would you like to discuss a potential discrimination case? The North West Community Network (NWCN)…
    16 May 2014
  • Human Rights and Equality training

    The North West Community Network (NWCN) is pleased to be working again with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) to deliver a training session in the north west. This year the Commissioner…
    16 May 2014
  • Event: A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate invite you to a conference to highlight the importance of human rights in combating poverty and…
    28 Apr 2014
  • NI Human Rights Commission to launch report on Public Procurement and Human Rights

    On Friday 28th February’ the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will launch a report into public procurement and human rights. The report outlines why government departments and other public…
    27 Feb 2014
  • NI Human Rights Commission expresses concern over the government’s handling of On The Run cases

    The Interim Chair of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’ John Corey’ today expressed grave concern over the developments relating to the Hyde Park bombing case. The Commission repeated…
    27 Feb 2014
  • Chief Commissioner opportunity

    The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland invites applications for the appointment as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Job description and application form
    05 Feb 2014
  • NI Executive criticised by Council of Europe on language rights

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has today responded to the Council of Europe report on the Charter for Regional and Minority Languages. The Commission has noted the criticism of the Northern…
    16 Jan 2014
  • NI Human Rights Commission launches Annual Statement

    Today’ on International Human Rights Day’ The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission launches its Annual Statement. This assesses government compliance with human rights obligations in 2013.…
    10 Dec 2013
  • NI Human Rights Commission publishes on flags’ parades and the past

    NI Human Rights Commission publishes on flags’ parades and the past The NIHRC has published the following papers: • Dealing with Northern Ireland’s Past: Towards a transitional justice approach…
    25 Nov 2013
  • NIHRC responds to Attorney General’s comments on dealing with the past

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has noted the Attorney General’s reported statement that there should be “no more inquests and no more prosecutions with respect to Troubles-related deaths.”…
    20 Nov 2013
  • NIHRC roadshow brings human rights discussions into schools

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was on the road this week to bring human rights issues into schools across Northern Ireland. Around 710 young people from ten different schools took part in…
    08 Nov 2013
  • NI Human Rights Commission pays tribute to outgoing Chief Commissioner

    The NIHRC has praised the major contribution of the Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael O’Flaherty to human rights work in Northern Ireland. Professor O’Flaherty steps down today from the…
    31 Oct 2013
  • Human Rights training and advice in the North West

    Human Rights Training Next month the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) will be working with the Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) to deliver training sessions in the North…
    29 Oct 2013
  • Supreme Court refuses appeal on adoption law

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today welcomed the refusal of the Supreme Court in London to grant the Department of Health’ Social Services and Public Safety permission to bring a further…
    24 Oct 2013
  • New investigation into racist hate crime in Northern Ireland

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today published an investigation into racist hate crime in Northern Ireland. “Racist Hate Crime: Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System in Northern…
    15 Oct 2013
  • Introducing the NIHRC schools road show

    Schools across Northern Ireland are invited to attend the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission schools road show. The road show has been organised in recognition of the fact that GCSE pupils study…
    14 Oct 2013
  • NIHRC host international experts on World Mental Health Day

    Yesterday’ World Mental Health Day’ the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission hosted a high level discussion on mental capacity issues and human rights. Experts from the European Union Agency…
    11 Oct 2013
  • Human Rights Commission visits North Down

    The human rights concerns of the people living in North Down Borough Council were deliberated in a Q&A event in Bangor Town Hall on Tuesday. The event was organised by the Northern Ireland Human Rights…
    19 Sep 2013
  • “Bedroom tax” policy could constitute a human rights violation

    The top United Nations expert on the right to housing has today reported that the “bedroom tax” is not in accordance with UK obligations under UN law. Last week UN Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik…
    11 Sep 2013
  • Human Rights Commission visits Moyle

    The human rights concerns of the people living in Moyle Council were deliberated in a packed Q&A event in Portnagree House’ Ballycastle on Wednesday 14 August. The event was organised by the…
    16 Aug 2013
  • Chief Commissioner resigns from post

    Chief Commissioner resigns from post At a meeting of the NIHRC this morning’ Professor Michael O’ Flaherty advised Commissioners that he had with regret tendered his resignation as Chief Commissioner…
    16 Aug 2013
  • Short Film on the Human Right to Culture

    This summer’ a world class gathering of experts came together to discuss the human right to culture as part of the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture celebrations. The Northern Ireland Human Rights…
    16 Aug 2013
  • Report Highlights Need for Further Protection of Women’s Rights in N.I

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has made a number of recommendations to a United Nations Committee currently examining the UK’s record in tackling discrimination against women. NIHRC…
    05 Jul 2013
  • Human Right to Culture Debated in Derry/Londonderry

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will host a major international event on Human Rights and Culture from 1 to 3 July 2013 as part of Derry/Londonderry City of Culture 2013. NIHRC Chief Commissioner’…
    01 Jul 2013
  • Chief Commissioner Welcomes Adoption Appeal Ruling

    The Court of Appeal today has ruled in favour of the Human Rights Commission’s case on Adoption. NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty stated: ‘The Human Rights Commission…
    27 Jun 2013
  • Think Again About Human Rights

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will today Friday 21 June showcase a series of short films and animations at the MAC. The films challenge us to think in fresh ways about human rights. NIHRC…
    21 Jun 2013
  • All aboard to launch human rights guide

    Launch of Rights in Progress Report 14 June 2013 NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty with Law Centre (NI) will launch the fourth edition of Rights in Progress: A guide to the European…
    14 Jun 2013
  • International Symposium on Human Rights and Culture

    ‘Cultural rights in post-conflict societies: contemporary challenges and opportunities.’ Keynote address to be provided by the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights’…
    31 May 2013
  • Think Again Premiere

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission invites you to our Social Media Showcase on Friday 21 June 2013 from 12-1pm at the MAC Belfast’ in the Lab. The event will feature a premiere of short…
    28 May 2013
  • Chief Commissioner Responds to the ‘United Community Strategy’

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission welcomes the ‘Together: Building A United Community’ Strategy released by the First Minister and deputy First Minister. Chief Commissioner’…
    24 May 2013
  • Research Tender Opportunities

    Adequate Standard of Living The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is seeking to contract research to provide an evidence base regarding the right to an adequate standard of living in Northern…
    24 May 2013
  • Commission Voices Concern For Residents Of Care Homes

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is seriously concerned for the residents of care homes. The Commission has already found a series of human rights problems across the nursing home sector in…
    03 May 2013
  • NIHRC Reports to UN Committee Against Torture

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has provided evidence to the United Nations Committee Against Torture on the current human rights situation in Northern Ireland. The UN Committee is examining…
    03 May 2013
  • Committee of Experts Visit Belfast

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is today hosting the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The Committee is in Belfast…
    30 Apr 2013
  • Human Rights Commission Sets Out 3 Year Plan

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has today published its Strategic Plan for the next three years. It has revealed that its priorities will be to focus on good governance’ the legacy of…
    19 Apr 2013
  • Launch of Education Reform in Northern Ireland – A Human Rights Review

    The Human Rights Commission will today issue a comprehensive human rights review of education in Northern Ireland. NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented: ‘Today’s…
    08 Apr 2013
  • Chief Commissioner Advises N.I Affairs Committee on NIHRC Devolution Proposal

    The Human Rights Commission today provides evidence to the N.I Affairs Committee at Stormont on the Draft Northern Ireland Bill. The Commission currently reports to the Secretary of State for Northern…
    25 Feb 2013
  • Invitation to Tender

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is seeking advice on identifying and adopting communication priorities for its next strategic phase of 2013-2016. Within the limitations of its resources it…
    18 Feb 2013
  • Draft Strategic Plan 2013-16

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is currently going through an exciting new phase of developing its next Strategic Plan for 2013-2016. The Commission has been consulting with stakeholders since…
    08 Feb 2013
  • Welfare Reform Report a Positive step for Human Rights Protection

    The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights and Equality report on the implications of the Welfare Reform Bill’ which was presented to the Assembly today. NIHRC…
    29 Jan 2013
  • Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur

    Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association at the conclusion of his visit to the United Kingdom: UK / Peaceful assembly and association:…
    24 Jan 2013
  • The Human Rights Commission responds to the death of Inez McCormack

    NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented: ‘Inez has been internationally acclaimed as a leading figure for the protection and promotion of human rights in Northern Ireland.…
    23 Jan 2013
  • UN Special Rapporteur Visits N.I

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission hosted a visit of Mr Maina Kiai’ UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association today at its office in Belfast.…
    18 Jan 2013
  • Invitations to Tender

    Development of Website Tender The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is seeking to ensure greater accessibility to the public through its website and social networking sites. The Commission…
    21 Dec 2012
  • Invitations to Tender

    Development of Website Tender The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is seeking to ensure greater accessibility to the public through its website and social networking sites. The deadline…
    21 Dec 2012
  • Press Freedom Must Be Upheld

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has expressed deep concern over recent attacks on journalists in Northern Ireland. NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented:…
    20 Dec 2012
  • Chief Commissioner Responds to UK Bill of Rights Report

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has responded to the publication of the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights Report – A UK Bill of Rights? - The Choice Before Us. Chief Commissioner’…
    18 Dec 2012
  • Commission’s Initial Comment on Patrick Finucane Review Report

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has today commented on the report of the Patrick Finucane Review’ chaired by Sir Desmond de Silva QC. NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael…
    12 Dec 2012
  • Commission Launches Annual Statement 2012

    Pictured L to R. NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty’ Junior Minister Jonathan Bell and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann. Pacemaker Press Intl. The Northern Ireland Human Rights…
    11 Dec 2012
  • Human Rights Commission Annual Statement 2012

    Today on International Human Rights Day’ the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will launch the first of its Annual Statements on human rights in Northern Ireland. NIHRC Chief Commissioner’…
    10 Dec 2012
  • Democratic Rights Must Be Protected

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has condemned the recent violence in Northern Ireland. NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented: ‘I unreservedly…
    06 Dec 2012
  • Protests Must Respect Human Rights

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has expressed deep concern at the violence during the protests at City Hall. NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty commented: ”I…
    04 Dec 2012
  • Human Rights Commission Advises Welfare Reform Scrutiny Committee

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will today appear before the Ad Hoc Committee on Welfare Reform. Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty stated: ’ The Commission will advise…
    03 Dec 2012
  • NIHRC begins Strategic Planning for 2013-2016

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is currently going through an exciting new phase of developing its next Strategic Plan for 2013-2016. To do this the Commission is following a human rights…
    28 Nov 2012
  • Scrutiny Committee on Welfare Reform Welcomed

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Assembly’s decision to establish a separate Committee on the Welfare Reform Bill to examine its conformity with Equality and Human Rights.…
    27 Nov 2012
  • Commission Advises on Special Advisers Bill

    The Human Rights Commission has provided evidence to the Finance and Personnel Committee on the Special Advisers Bill. Read in full what the Commission said to the Committee here. Notes to editors: 1.…
    27 Nov 2012
  • Human Rights Commission Rolls Out New Training Initiative In Derry

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has teamed up with the North West Community Network in Derry/Londonderry and will be delivering a series of practical human rights training sessions. The first…
    21 Nov 2012
  • Ruby Moshenska Wins NI Human Rights Commission Prize for Best LLM Dissertation

    Ruby Moshenska’ a student on the LLM in Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice programme at the Transitional Justice Institute’ has been awarded the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission…
    06 Nov 2012
  • UN Human Rights Committee outlines relationship with NHRIs

    The United Nations Human Rights Committee has adopted a key position paper on the relationship of the Committee with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs). Rapporteur of the statement’ Professor…
    05 Nov 2012
  • Chief Commissioner Condemns Murder Of Prisoner Officer

    Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner has condemned the murder of a Prison Officer today. Chief Commissioner’ Professor O’Flaherty stated: ‘I condemn without reservation this…
    01 Nov 2012
  • Welfare Reform Bill Impacts on Human Rights

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will today provide evidence to the Social Development Committee on the Welfare Reform Bill. NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael O’Flaherty’…
    30 Oct 2012
  • Public Procurement Tender

    The Commission is seeking to contract research to provide an evidence base on which to engage both public authorities and private sector contractors. The focus of the research will be on promoting awareness…
    19 Oct 2012
  • Human Rights Commission Welcomes Adoption Ruling

    NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty stated: ‘The Human Rights Commission welcomes today’s landmark ruling. Through this case the Commission has sought to protect the…
    18 Oct 2012
  • The Belfast Statement

    The response of National Human Rights Institutions to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Report on the Strengthening of the Human Rights Treaty Body System. Following a meeting of the…
    11 Oct 2012
  • Commission Advises Assembly on DNA & Fingerprint Retention

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today advised the Justice Committee on the DNA/fingerprint retention provisions in the Criminal Justice Bill. NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael…
    04 Oct 2012
  • Right up your street

    The Human Rights Commission is taking part in the MAC MADE festival’ a festival MADE by young people. The - Self-Made film night – will show films created by young people living either side of…
    04 Oct 2012
  • Business and Human Rights

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and representatives from National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) from more than 20 countries recently met in Berlin for a three day workshop to develop an…
    21 Sep 2012
  • UK Human Rights Record Examined at United Nations

    The UK’s three Human Rights Commissions are today giving evidence on the UK’s human rights record as part of the Universal Periodic Review process’ where the UK is examined every four…
    20 Sep 2012
  • Human Rights Space for Civil Society

    Today at the 21st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael O’Flaherty will chair a partnering event on ‘Consolidating the Space for…
    18 Sep 2012
  • Strategic Plan - tender

    Human rights based approach to strategic planning Background The Commission has commenced a planning process that will end in March 2013 to develop our new Strategic Plan. By adopting a human rights based…
    13 Sep 2012
  • Parades and Protests must Respect Human Rights

    Rights will help fix what is wrong with our society A Cohesion’ Sharing and Integration strategy and a Bill of Rights could help ease interface tensions’ says Michael O’Flaherty There is…
    11 Sep 2012
  • Facts and Fiction Report Published

    NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty presents members of the Human Rights Consortium with the ‘Is that Right?’ Fact and Fictions on a Bill of Rights Report today at Commission…
    06 Sep 2012
  • Commission sets record straight on Bill of Rights debate

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has today published a document on the proposed Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. “Is that Right?” sets out facts and fictions surrounding the widely…
    06 Sep 2012
  • Recruitment Opportunity: Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the European Group of National Hum

    The European Group of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) is seeking a Director to lead in the establishment of it’s permanent Secretariat in Brussels. The Secretariat will coordinate 40 human…
    04 Sep 2012
  • Overcoming language barrier to migrant rights

    Your Rights in Northern Ireland’ an online guide to the rights of migrant workers’ has been translated into the nine languages most used by new migrants to Northern Ireland. Jonathan Bell MLA’…
    13 Aug 2012
  • Commission Investigates Racially Motivated Hate Crime

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has commenced an investigation that will examine the state’s response to racially motivated hate crimes. In particular’ the aim of the investigation…
    07 Aug 2012
  • United Nations Reform Debate in Northern Ireland

    Professor Michael O’Flaherty welcomes representatives from European National Human Rights Institutions and the United Nations to the Commission offices to adopt their response to the United Nations…
    31 Jul 2012
  • United Nations Reform Debate Brought to Belfast

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today will host a crucial session of European National Human Rights Institutions in Belfast. At the session the National Institutions will adopt their response…
    31 Jul 2012
  • United Nations Human Rights Committee and Judges of the European Court of Human Rights

    Professor O’Flaherty pictured with other members of the UN Human Rights Committee and Judges of the European Court of Human Rights’ with members of their secretariats’ at the first meeting…
    29 Jun 2012
  • Professor O’Flaherty addresses meeting of European Court of Human Rights with the UN Human Rights Co

    NIHRC Chief Commissioner Professor O’Flaherty addresses high level meeting of the the European Court of Human Rights with the UN Human Rights Committee’ Strasbourg’ June 29th. The Court’s…
    29 Jun 2012
  • Human Rights and the Victims of the Troubles

    Transcript of Professor O’Flaherty’s contributions to the Annual Lecture at the WAVE Trauma Centre Day of Reflection It is really a great pleasure to be here and join in the day of reflection.…
    21 Jun 2012
  • Major Conference on Internet Freedom

    Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’Flaherty was the principal speaker at the recent Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe conference in Dublin which was held from 18-19 June 2012.…
    18 Jun 2012
  • Chief Commissioner addresses OSCE Conference on Internet Freedom

    Professor Michael O’Flaherty’ the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’ today addressed the Dublin Conference on Internet Freedom’ hosted by the Organisation…
    18 Jun 2012
  • Appointment of new Commissioners

    The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today welcomes the announcement of its new Board by the Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP. The Secretary of State has announced the appointment of Michael…
    07 Jun 2012
  • International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

    Address: Professor Michael O’Flaherty’ Chief Commissioner N.I Human Rights Commission 20 May 2012 Anti Homophobia Week speech.docx
    06 Jun 2012
  • Human Rights and Chaplaincy

    Transcript of address to the Northern Ireland Prison Chaplains Association Good morning’ You as chaplains’ have an utterly unique and vitally important role within the prison system. You only…
    22 May 2012
  • Chief Commissioner Addresses British and Irish Ombudsman’s Association AGM

    Professor Michael O’Flaherty’s speech to the British and Irish Ombudsman Association 19th Annual General Meeting in Belfast Chairperson’ colleagues’ Thank you very much for the…
    18 May 2012
  • 10 Years of Community Relations Week: no more them and us

    Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner Professor Michael O’ Flaherty’s speech to the Community Relations Conference: Chairperson’ colleagues. Thank you for the invitation to…
    14 May 2012
  • No More ‘Them and Us

    A joint statement by the Community Relations Council’ the Equality Commission and the Human Rights Commission Building a society that is inclusive and respectful of diversity is an objective which…
    14 May 2012