Protecting your rights after Brexit
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland are working together to make sure the UK Government meets its commitment to uphold your equality and human rights after Brexit.
Under the Ireland/NI Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement reached with the EU, the UK Government committed to ensuring that the protections currently in place in Northern Ireland for the rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity provisions set out in the chapter of the same name in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement will not be reduced as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
The UK Government also committed in the Protocol to ensuring that certain equality laws in Northern Ireland will keep pace with any future changes to six EU equality laws which are set out in Annex 1 to the Protocol.
These EU anti-discrimination laws protect against discrimination on the grounds of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief; disability; age; sexual orientation.
In addition to these EU equality laws, there are other EU laws that are relevant to the rights, safeguards or equality of opportunity provisions in the chapter of the same name in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. These include EU laws such as the Parental Leave Directive, Victims’ Directive and Pregnant Workers’ Directive, as well as specific measures aimed at protecting the rights of disabled people.
We’re on your side
To make sure your equality and human rights are not diminished by Brexit, we provide advice to Government, monitor, enforce and report on the implementation of the commitment.
We can also provide you with advice and assistance and, where appropriate, support you to bring legal proceedings where your rights may have been breached.