Call to protect Irish human rights post-Brexit

There should be no negative consequences from Brexit for human rights in Ireland, the Irish Human rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has urged.

“In any proposed arrangements post-Brexit, it is important to ensure coherence of protections of human rights and equality north and south of the border,” said chief commissioner, Emily Logan.

Speaking in advance of the publication of the IHREC’s first annual report today, Ms Logan said any future legislative proposals should not undermine human right commitments in the Good Friday Agreement.

Both the IHREC and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are mandated under the agreement to cooperate in the safeguarding of peace, respect and inclusion in communities throughout Ireland.

The report shows that the commission dealt with 2,173 queries from the public last year while its legal team dealt with 45 cases.

It acted as an impartial adviser (amicus curiae) in five cases in the superior courts.

The Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Finian McGrath, is committed to ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the end of the year.

Ms Logan said the implementation of the convention would be monitored by the commission together with people with lived with the experience of disability.

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