The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was established as a result of the Belfast Agreement. Its powers and duties stem from the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.
The Commission’s job is to make sure government and other public bodies protect the human rights of everyone in Northern Ireland. They also help people understand their human rights and what they can do if their rights are denied or violated.
It operates as an executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office.
This paper is laid before Parliament according to legislative requirements.