About us

Who we are

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is a national human rights institution with A status accreditation from the United Nations (UN). NIHRC is funded by United Kingdom government, but is an independent public body that operates in full accordance with the UN Paris Principles.

Established on the basis of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, we play a central role in supporting a society that, as it rebuilds following conflict, respects and upholds human rights standards and responsibilities.

Our mission

We champion and guard the rights of all those who live in Northern Ireland.

What we do

Our job is to make sure government and other public bodies protect the human rights of everyone in Northern Ireland. We also help people understand what their human rights are and what they can do if their rights are violated.

How we do it

• Advising the Westminster government, the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly, and key agencies on legislation and compliance with human rights frameworks

• Our work to promote awareness of human rights through education, training and research

• Our international treaty monitoring work

• Our legal advice work including taking strategic legal cases

Advice Clinic

We operate an advice clinic every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 1pm. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your case please call 028 90243987. If you are unable to telephone us and would like to make an appointment please email us at info@nihrc.org.

If we are unable to take up your case, we will try to refer you to a more appropriate agency that can help you.


If you are unhappy with the service you have received from us and wish to make a complaint please use our Contact page to enquire about a complaint form.