Justice Committee of Scottish Parliament on a Human Rights Commission for Scotland

Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was set up on 1 March 1999 as a result of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement of 10 April 1998. Its functions are set out in section 69 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The Commission currently has one full-time Chief Commissioner (Professor Brice Dickson) and eight part-time Commissioners who are contracted to give approximately one day per week to the Commission. One or more additional Commissioners are due to be appointed within the next few weeks. The Commission currently employs 13 staff, under a Chief Executive, Ms Paddy Sloan.