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NI Human Rights Commission explore human rights with Clanrye Group students

26 May 2022

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has held a workshop with students participating in the Skills for Life and Work Programme at the Clanrye Group.

Young people attending the session were highly engaged with exploring what their human rights are and the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in ensuring that we are all treated fairly and equally, regardless of our abilities.

During the visit to Slieve Gullion Courtyard, Commission staff spoke with students around the topics of climate change, sport and the work our organisation does in promoting and protecting the rights of everyone in Northern Ireland.

Joanne McAteer, Skills Development Officer at the Clanrye Group said:

It is important for our participants to know about their human rights, in particular the rights for individuals with disabilities. It was helpful for everyone to hear about their rights to reasonable adjustments to ensure they are given every opportunity in the workplace. This session also educated our team on human rights so that we may advocate on behalf of the young people we support.”

Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick added:

“The Commission was delighted to come and speak to this group of enthusiastic students at the Clanrye Group. It is important to highlight the human rights we all have and how these must be respected and protected to ensure a fair and equal society. Our educational engagement and outreach allow us to raise awareness of human rights and the work the Commission does to promote and protect those rights for all in Northern Ireland. We wish the students all the best with the rest of their studies and their entry into the world of employment.


Additional information

Photo: Pupils and staff from the Clanrye Group with representatives from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

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. Clanrye Group aims to train and motivate adults with disabilities or disadvantaged backgrounds to gain qualifications and confidence to progress onto employment or onto further education.

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

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