Human Rights Commission Annual Statement 2012
Today on International Human Rights Day’ the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will launch the first of its Annual Statements on human rights in Northern Ireland.
NIHRC Chief Commissioner’ Professor Michael O’Flaherty’ said:
‘The Human Rights Commission delivers its first Annual Human Rights Statement in difficult times. Many people desperately need the support of the State. But in the current economic situation the State has less to give. Welfare Reform is just one example of the connect between human rights and the economy. It is an issue that requires difficult decisions. But the government must’ nonetheless’ ensure the continued protection of vulnerable people.
We deliver this statement following a year in which the past has continued to haunt the present. Only last week we witnessed outrageous scenes of violence and intimidation when police’ elected representatives and public servants were attacked. The recent murder of Prison Officer David Black also serves a reminder of how the most basic of human rights remain under attack in our society. We condemn these incidents’ and all others like them’ as attacks on us all.
This statement is the first annual publication whereby the Commission will comment on the human rights record of Northern Ireland. It is both commentary and advice to Government’ and a key information source for the people of Northern Ireland. It highlights areas where improvements are needed and also where progress has been made.
Together we must work to secure a future where the dignity of everyone is fully acknowledged’ respected and honoured.’
For further information please contact Claire Martin on 02890243987.
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.