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Commission encourages Committee to take human rights lead in the Assembly

25 Apr 2012

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission today appeared before the Committee for the Office of the First and deputy first Minister to address how it can support the Northern Ireland Assembly in meeting its human rights responsibilities.
NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael O’Flaherty’ stated:
‘We welcome the opportunity to appear before the Committee today to outline the current priorities of the Human Rights Commission. We raised with the Committee the need to strengthen the human rights framework within the Northern Ireland Assembly. We will also used the opportunity to flag up important areas of good human rights practice in Northern Ireland as well as such outstanding gaps as the lack of progress on a Bill of Rights.’
ENDS
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For further information please contact Claire Martin on (028) 9024 3987.
Notes to editors
1. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body first proposed in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement (1998) and established in 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act (1998). It is answerable to Parliament at Westminster.

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