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Human rights showcased at Co-operation Ireland schools event

27 Mar 2023

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was delighted to participate in the Co-operation Ireland Amazing the Space showcase event.

The Commission spoke to students about its work, including through its Sport and Business Forums; highlighted a number of issues affecting young people in Northern Ireland; and explained some of the human rights affected by climate change.

Nine schools from across Northern Ireland came together to present the results of their cross border, cross community projects which looked at a range of issues such as human rights, migration, art and women and girls in sport.

Matt Gamble, Programme Co-ordinator at Co-operation Ireland said:

“It’s a pleasure to see young people gather from across the four regional projects on this year’s Amazing the Space as we celebrate and showcase the work they have achieved together. We’re delighted to have the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission join us alongside facilitators from the arts, sport, and community sectors, to congratulate and encourage the students in building positive friendships with their partner schools.”

Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick added:

“I wish to congratulate all of the schools on their projects and for sharing their experiences. Each project focused on an important issue and the enthusiasm with which the young people took on their respective topics shone through in their presentations. We were honoured to be able to participate in the panel discussion and speak about our work in promoting and protecting human rights in Northern Ireland. The Commission fully supports these opportunities for shared learning and developing good relations.

Thank you to Co-operation Ireland for the opportunity to speak at this important event.”


Additional information

Photo: Representatives from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission speaking to young people Co-operation Ireland Amazing the Space showcase event.


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. Co-operation Ireland is an all-island peace-building organisation. We work to build a shared and cohesive society by addressing legacy issues of the conflict and facilitating contact and collaboration between people from different backgrounds across these islands. More information can be accessed through the following link:

3. The schools involved were Ballyclare High School, Slemish College, Newtownhamilton High School, Newry High School, St Paul’s High School, Cross & Passion College, St Columbanus’ College, St Patrick’s College Ballymena & Bangor Academy.

4. If you are interested in having the Commission speak to your post-primary students, please contact

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