Adoption intercountry aspects bill
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (hereinafter the “Commission”) is
an independent statutory body that was established on 1 March 1999 under the Good
Friday Agreement and section 68 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Pursuant to section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Commission has
duties, inter alia, to monitor the adequacy and effectiveness of the law and practice in
Northern Ireland in relation to the protection of human rights and to advise the
Northern Ireland Assembly whether a Bill is compatible with human rights.
The Commission has prepared this submission in relation to the Adoption
(Intercountry Aspects) Bill as introduced in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 20
November 2000 (Bill 8/00).