Human Rights Commission speak to students at Priory Integrated College

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Human Rights Commission speak to students at Priory Integrated College

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has visited Priory Integrated College in Holywood as part of its educational engagement pilot.

Pupils studying the GCSE in Learning for Life and Work learned about what human rights are and what the NIHRC does to promote and safeguard the rights of those living in Northern Ireland.

The Year 12 Students also looked at issues around the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Principal of Priory Integrated College, Jacqueline Magennis said:

“As Northern Irish society becomes increasingly diverse, it is essential that we develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of human rights, so that they can fully appreciate their own rights and their responsibilities as citizens to protect the rights of others. We are delighted that the Human Rights Commission has been able to include our students in this project, which has been a very enriching addition to their learning experiences.”

NIHRC Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, commented:

“We were delighted to discuss human rights issues with students at priory Integrated College. It generated a lively discussion and the Commission was impressed and encouraged by the level of interest shown by those participating. These engagements are a vital part of the work of the Commission.”


Photo: Representatives from the NI Human Rights Commission with students from Priory Integrated College.

Further information:

For further information please contact Claire Martin on: (028) 9024 3987 or by email on

Notes to Editors

1. The NI Human Rights Commission is a statutory public body established in 1999 to promote and protect human rights. In accordance with the Paris Principles the Commission reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of measures undertaken by the UK Government to promote and protect human rights, specifically within Northern Ireland.

2. The animation on the work of the NIHRC can be viewed here.

3. The animation on freedom of thought, conscience and religion can be found here.

25 Feb 2019