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While our office is closed due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the NI Human Rights Commission is still working as normal.

You can still contact us with any queries you may have about human rights issues.

Phone: 028 9024 3987

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Publications

NIHRC response to Consultation on Supporting Newcomer Pupils

The Commission’s response to the Department of Education’s Consultation on Supporting Newcomer Pupils.


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Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20

The Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts 2019-2020.


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Submission to Hate Crime Review Consultation

Read the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s submission to Hate Crime Review Consultation.


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Submission to the Public Bill Committee of the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

The Commission’s submission to the Public Bill Committee of the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill


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EU Settlement Scheme extended to the people of NI: what does it mean for me?

​This briefing sets out a change in immigration rules being introduced from 24 August 2020. The change is a response to representations made by a number of organisations and individuals on how the current arrangements do not meet the identity and birth right provisions of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement


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Response to HM Government consultation on a new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland

​The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s response to HM Government consultation on a new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland - Implementation of the legal duty under section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019


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Annual Statement 2019

​The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s 2019 Annual Statement.


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Cumulative impact assessment of tax and social security reforms in Northern Ireland


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Advice to the Northern Ireland Office on victims' payments

Advice to the Northern Ireland Office on victims’ payments


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Advice to the Northern Ireland Office on same sex marriage, opposite sex civil partnerships and protection of manifestation of religious beliefs

Advice to the Northern Ireland Office on same sex marriage, opposite sex civil partnerships and protection of manifestation of religious beliefs


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Advice to the Northern Ireland Office in respect of the NI Act 2019 on Termination of Pregnancy

Advice of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Northern Ireland Office in respect of the NI (Executive Formation etc.) Act 2019 on Termination of Pregnancy


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Evolving Justice Arrangements Post-Brexit


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NIHRC response to the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Abortion Law in NI

​This is the NIHRC response to the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Abortion Law in NI, submitted in November 2018.


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210th Commission Minutes 25th February 2019

Minutes of the 210th Commission meeting held on 25th February 2019


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57th Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes 17th September 2018

Minutes of the 57th Audit and Risk Management Committee Meeting held on 17th September 2018


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208th Commission Minutes 17th December 2018

Minutes of the 208th Commission meeting held on 17 December 2018


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NIHRC Response to the draft Northern Ireland Modern Slavery Strategy 2018/19

This document details the response of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the draft Northern Ireland Modern Slavery Strategy 2018/19.


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UK Independent Mechanism: Update Report to UN Committee on the CRPD - Easy Read

Easy read version of the Update Report to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the UK Independent Mechanism - published in October 2018.


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UK Independent Mechanism: Update Report to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Update Report to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the UK Independent Mechanism, published in October 2018.


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Code of Governance


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Parliamentary Briefing Paper on Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill

​The NIHRC’s Parliamentary Briefing Paper on Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill.


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Discussion Paper on Brexit

This report examines the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) upon human rights and equality issues.

This paper was written by Colin Murray, Aoife O’Donoghue and Ben Warwick for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

The views expressed within this paper do not necessarily represent the views of the Commissions, nor the employers of the authors.


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198th Commission Minutes 29th January 2018

Minutes of the 198th Commission Meeting held on 29 January 2018.


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'Out of Sight, Out of Mind’: Travellers’ Accommodation in NI - Full Report


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Appendix II of ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’: Travellers’ Accommodation in NI Executive Summary


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Appendix III of ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’: Travellers’ Accommodation in NI Executive Summary


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197th Commission Minutes 18th December 2017

Minutes of the 197th Commission Meeting held on 18 December 2017.


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196th Commission Minutes 27th November 2017

Minutes of the 196th Commission Meeting held on 27 November 2017.


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53rd Audit & Risk Management Committee Minutes 12th October 2017

Minutes of the 53rd Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting held on 12th October 2017


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195th Commission Minutes 30th October 2017

Minutes of the 195th Commission Meeting held on 30 October 2017.


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194th Commission Minutes 24th August 2017

Minutes of the 194th Commission Meeting held on 24 August 2017.


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NIHRC advice on HoC Defence Committee report on 'Investigations in fatalities in Northern Ireland involving British military personnel'

​The NIHRC provided the following advice to the NI Office in relation to the options put forward by the House of Commons Committee Report on ‘Investigations in fatalities in Northern Ireland involving British military personnel’


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UK Independent Mechanism: Updated submission to CRPD ahead of UK's UNCRPD examination

This submission has been produced by the United Kingdom Independent Mechanism (UKIM) in advance of the public examination of the UK’s implementation of the UN CRPD. In 2009 the UK Government designated the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI), the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) as the UK’s Independent Mechanism under CRPD Article 33, tasked with promoting, protecting and monitoring implementation of the CRPD.


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52nd Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes 5th July 2017

Minutes of the 52nd Audit and Risk Committee meeting held on 5th July 2017


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Annual Report and Accounts 2016-2017

The Commission’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2016-2017, which were laid before Parliament on 19 July 2017.


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Special Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes 26th June 2017

Minutes of the Special Audit and Risk Management Committee held on 26th June 2017


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193rd Commission Minutes 26th June 2017

Minutes of the 193rd Commission Meeting held on 26 June 2017.


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192nd Commission Minutes 25th May 2017

​Minutes of the 192nd Commission Meeting held on 25 May 2017.


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191st Commission Minutes 24th April 2017

​Minutes of the 191st Commission Meeting held on 24 April 2017.


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Response to the Adoption and Children (NI) Bill Consultation

This document outlines the NIHRC’s response to the Adoption and Children (NI) Bill Consultation


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50th Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes10th April 2017

Minutes of the 50th Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting held 10th April 2017


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190th Commission Minutes 27th March 2017

​Minutes of the 190th Commission meeting held on 27 March 2017.


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189th Commission Minutes 27th February 2017

​Minutes of the 189th Commission meeting held on 27 February 2017.


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Our Business Plan 2017-2018

​The work plan for the Commission for 2017-2018.


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Response to the Children and Young People's Strategy 2017-2027

Response of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Children and Young People’s Strategy 2017-2027.


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Disability Rights in Northern Ireland UKIM Supplementary Submission

This submission has been drafted jointly by the Equality Commission for NI and the NI Human Rights Commission in furtherance of their role as the “Independent Mechanism” in Northern Ireland (NI) to promote, protect and monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

In addition to the document, the video below was produced by the United Kingdom Independent Mechanism (UKIM) and contains a sign language version of UKIM’s main submission to the UNCRPD. In 2009 the UK Government designated the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI), the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) as the UK’s Independent Mechanism under CRPD Article 33, tasked with promoting, protecting and monitoring implementation of the CRPD.

Since the UK ratified the CRPD in 2009, UKIM has taken active steps to involve disabled people and their representative organisations as part of fulfilling its monitoring role and encouraged their full participation in the monitoring process. The individual independent mechanisms have used a range of activities to involve disabled people across the UK. For example, we have produced guidance and other resources and held engagement and capacity-building events, roundtable discussions and web-based seminars to ask disabled people to identify their priority issues. We have also provided financial support to disabled people’s organisations to allow them to participate directly in the CRPD reporting process.


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49th Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes 30th January 2017

Minutes of the 49th Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting held 30th January 2017


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188th Commission Minutes 23rd January 2017

​Minutes of the 188th Commission meeting held on 23 January 2017.


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Submission on the Draft General Comment on ICESCR in the Context of Business Activities

The Commission’s submission on the Draft General Comment on ICESCR in the Context of Business Activities


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UNCRPD Inquiry (Summary of Findings & UK State Party Response)

​This paper sets out a summary of the findings of the UNCRPD Inquiry, and of the UK State Party’s subsequent response to those findings.


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Committee Review of the Need for Stalking Legislation in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s submission to the Justice Committee on the Need for Stalking Legislation in Northern Ireland.


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187th Commission Minutes 16th December 2016

​Minutes of the 187th Commission meeting held on 16 December 2016.


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Annual Statement 2016

​The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Annual Statement 2016.


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Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill [HL] 2016-17

In this document, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission sets out its recommendations for the Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill.


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Briefing Note - Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill

In this briefing note, the NIHRC submits statutory advice on the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill 2016-17.


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46th Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes 27th June 2016

Minutes of the 46th Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting held 27th June 2016


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UPR Submission 2016

Submission by NIHRC to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the UK


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NIHRC Response to the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Strategy 2016/17

This document details the response of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Strategy 2016/17.


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Traveller Accomodation Investigation

Having undertaken a scoping exercise in June 2016, drawing on a body of research and mapping of policy and legislation, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the Commission) has decided to conduct an investigation into Travellers accommodation in Northern Ireland (the Investigation). This investigation is in accordance with Section 69(8) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, under which the Commission may carry out such investigations as considered necessary or expedient in fulfilling its statutory functions.


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Female Genital Mutilation in the United Kingdom

This paper provides an overview of Female Genital Mutilation in the UK, within the context of human rights law.


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Special Audit and Risk Management Committee Minutes 8th July 2016

Minutes of the Special Audit and Risk Management Committee meeting held 8th July 2016


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The Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Human Rights and Business Inquiry

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) pursuant to section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice relating to the protection of human rights. In accordance with this function the following statutory advice is submitted to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in response to a call for submissions relating to the Human Rights and Business Inquiry.


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Submission of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Department of Justice and Department of Health consultation on improving health within criminal justice

Submission of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Department of Justice and Department of Health consultation on improving health within criminal justice


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Submission to the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing regarding the link between the right to life and the right to adequate housing

Submission to the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing regarding the link between the right to life and the right to adequate housing


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NIHRC Submission to the CERD Committee

NIHRC Submission to the CERD Committee


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Submission to the consultation on improving health within criminal justice

​The submission of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Department of Justice and Department of Health consultation on improving health within criminal justice.


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Human Rights Priorities for the 2016 Programme for Government

A paper documenting human rights priorities for the Northern Ireland Programme for Government 2016-2021


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182nd Commission Minutes 27th June 2016

​Minutes of the 182nd Commission Meeting held on 27th June 2016.


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181st Commission Minutes 31st May 2016

​Minutes of the 181st Commission meeting held on 31 May 2016.


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180th Commission Minutes 25th April 2016

​Minutes of the 180th Commission Meeting held on 25 April 2016.


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UPR Submission 2014

Submission by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of the United Kingdom: Mid-term Report (August 2014)


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179th Commission Minutes 29th February 2016

Minutes of the 179th Commission meeting held on 29 February 2016.


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Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Committee’s examination of the UK will take place at the United Nations offices in Geneva in June 2016. As part of the NIHRC’s engagement with the United Nations and Council of Europe treaty monitoring processes, The Commission is submitting this report in respect of the UK’s Sixth Periodic report on compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


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Information Note: UK referendum on membership of the EU and the Human Rights issues

In this paper, the NIHRC sets out the human rights issues raised within the UK’s current membership of the EU and the relationship between membership of the EU and the Council of Europe.


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Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination regarding the List of Themes concerning the 21st to 23rd Periodic Reports of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


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NIHRC Submission to UNCRC Committee

As part of the NIHRC’s engagement with the United Nations and Council of Europe treaty monitoring processes, it presents this submission regarding the UK’s Fifth Periodic Report on compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee). The Commission submitted to the Committee during the Committee’s 72nd session and has developed this submission in line with the List of Issues, taking into account the reply of the State Party.


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Strategic Plan for 2016-2019

The Commission’s Strategic Plan ‘Building a Culture of Human Rights’s sets out the three pillars we will be working towards over the next three years 2016-19

Pillar One: Delivering Human Rights through Excellent Services to the Public

Pillar Two: Human Rights and Building the Future in Northern Ireland

Pillar Three: Social and Economic Rights in a Time of Change


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Our Business Plan 2016-2017

​The work plan for the Commission for 2016-2017.


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‘Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration: A Guide for National Human Rights Institutions’

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has produced this guide for members of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI).

It is a guide which identifies a human rights-based approach to salient issues in post-conflict societies utilising ‘Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration’ (DDR) and ‘Transitional Justice’ frameworks.


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Submission on Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill


The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the Commission) pursuant to Section 69(4) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, has a statutory remit to advise the Assembly whether a Bill is compatible with human rights. In accordance with this function the following statutory advice is submitted to the Committee for Education in response to a call for evidence on the Addressing Bullying in Schools Bill.



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Submission to the Advisory Committee on the FCNM


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NIHRC Briefing on Support for Certain Categories of Migrant- Committee Stage of the Immigration Bill


The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Briefing on Support for
Certain Categories of Migrant- Committee Stage of the Immigration Bill,
House of Lords (HL Bill 79-1)- Clause 37 and Schedule 8


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Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Submission to the UN Committee against Torture


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178th Commission Minutes 25th January 2016

Minutes of the 178th Commission Meeting held on 25 January 2016.


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NIHRC Response on the Shared Education Bill

​This document contains the Commission’s response to and recommendations on the Shared Education Bill.


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NIHRC Response to the Draft Childcare Strategy

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) pursuant to Section 69(3) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is required to advise the NI Executive on “measures which ought to be taken to protect human rights”. In accordance with this function the following statutory advice is submitted to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (‘the Department’) on its consultation document ‘Delivering Social Change through Childcare: A Ten Year Strategy for Affordable and Integrated Childcare 2015-2025’ (‘the draft strategy’).


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177th Commission Minutes 17th December 2015

Minutes of the 177th Commission Meeting held on 17 December 2015.


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Annual Statement 2015

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Annual Statement 2015


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176th Commission Minutes 30th November 2015

Minutes of the 176th Commission Meeting held on 30 November 2015.


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The Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill

Pursuant to the Northern Ireland Act 1998, Section 69(4), the Northern

Ireland Human Rights Commission (the Commission) is required to

advise the Assembly whether a Bill is compatible with human rights.

In accordance with this function the following statutory advice is

submitted to the Assembly and Executive Review Committee in

response to a call for evidence relating to the Assembly and Executive

Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill (the Bill).


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NIHRC Submission on Justice (No. 2) Bill

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the Commission) pursuant to Section 69 (1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice relating to the protection of Human Rights.1 In accordance with this function the following statutory advice is submitted to the Committee for Justice in response to a call for evidence relating to the Justice (no.2) Bill.


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Response to consultation on Proposals to Extend Age Discrimination Legislation (Age Goods, Facilities and Services).

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the Commission) pursuant to Section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice relating to the protection of Human Rights. In accordance with this function the following statutory advice is submitted to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in response to a consultation on proposals to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.


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NIHRC Response to the Housing Amendment Bill

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) pursuant to Section 69 (4) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is obliged to advise the Assembly whether a Bill is compatible with human rights. Accordingly, the following statutory advice is submitted to the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Social Development in relation to the Housing Amendment Bill (hereinafter the “Bill”).


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Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

As part of the NIHRC’s engagement with the United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe treaty monitoring processes, it presents this submission regarding the UK’s Sixth Periodic Report on compliance with the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) pre-session working group at its 56th Session.


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Technical Analysis of the Dealing with the Past Section within the Stormont House Agreement

The Commission has provided this analysis as a constructive and helpful technical analysis on implementing the Dealing with the Past elements of Stormont House Agreement and we hope it proves a valuable contribution to the current debate and deliberations.


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174th Commission Minutes 28th September 2015

Minutes of the 174th Commission Meeting held on 28 September 2015.


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Response to the Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Bill.

August 2015

Response of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on the Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Bill.


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Response to the Committee for Environment’s consultation on the Environmental Better Regulation Bill

September 2015

Response of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Committee for Environment’s consultation on the “Environmental Better Regulation Bill”.


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Response to Home Office Consultation on Reforming Support for Failed Asylum Seekers

8 September 2015 The Commission has responded to the Home Office consultation ‘Reforming support for failed asylum seekers and other illegal migrants’.


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NIHRC Response to the Mental Capacity (NI) Bill

In its submission the Commission provides advice on the compatibility of the Bill with international and regional human rights standards. The UNCRPD is the principal instrument of international law of relevance to the proposals.


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