Disabled people in Northern Ireland have all the human rights in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and other international treaties and conventions that the UK government has signed.

Article 14 of the ECHR requires that your have these human rights without discrimination.

The Disability Discrimination Order (Northern Ireland) gives you extra protection against discrimination.

This law means that government must:
In 2009, the government ratified (made it legally binding) the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This means they must make sure that the dignity, human rights and freedoms of all disabled people are respected, promoted and protected. The Convention reaffirms that disabled people have the same human rights as others, and must be able to enjoy them on an equal basis with non-disabled people.

  • make sure that buildings and services are accessible to disabled
  • people – including workplaces, schools, medical facilities and transport
  • provide information intended for the general public in accessible formats and technologies such as Braille or sign language, and
  • ensure the rights of people with disabilities to equal pay for equal work, equal employment opportunities and safe and healthy working conditions.

More about the UNCRPD

I have a learning disability, what are my human rights?

People with a learning disability have the same rights and freedoms as anyone else. Government has produced a guide to the Human Rights Act to help people with learning disabilities understand what their rights are.

Organisations who can provide advice include:

Disability Action works to promote and protect the Human Rights of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Contact information for Disability Action is here.

Equality Commission Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 9050 0600

Textphone : 028 9050 0589

Enquiry Line : 028 9089 0890

Email : information@equalityni.org