The 2015 Annual Statement. Human Rights in Northern Ireland was published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in December 2015.
The annual statement highlights the importance and prevalence of economic and social rights as well as the continuing lack of strategies for racial equality, sexual orientation, childcare, stopping domestic and sexual violence and to tackle poverty.
The Commission’s annual statement uses a traffic light system to classify the actions taken by or required the UK Government, NI Executive or relevant public authorities in response to the [human rights] issue.
In December 2015, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published Fair Employment Monitoring Report No.25. An Overview of High Level Trends and Aggregated Monitoring Returns 2014.
This year’s monitoring report shows that people from the Protestant community, at 52.6%, continue to make up the majority of the monitored workforce. The proportion of the workforce comprising people from the Roman Catholic community has continued to increase annually by 0.4% and now stands at 47.4%. This mirrors closely estimates of the composition of those available for work in Northern Ireland.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is keen to hear views on the priorities suggested in its draft Corporate Plan 2016-2019. The consultation closed on 8 March 2016.
In October 2014, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published an assessment of the experiences of people in education across all the equality grounds in Northern Ireland. The draft statement highlights areas where there are educational challenges and how these impact on children.
The paper Good Relations in Northern Ireland: towards a definition in law covers issues as regards to the evolution of the community relations paradigm, the interpretation and application of good relations in Northern Ireland, the relationship between good relations and human rights, equality and anti-racism goals and then discusses the definition of good relations that currently stands in GB, ‘Tackling prejudice and promoting understanding.’
It was published by the Equality Coalition in October 2014.
Mapping the Rollback? Human Rights Provisions of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 15 years on was published in November 2013.
It is the report of a conference held in April 2013 organised by the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) in collaboration with the Transitional Justice Institute of the University of Ulster and the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.
A short guide to the public sector equality and disability duties was published by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland in October 2014.
This guidance note aims to provide an overview of some key aspects of the public sector equality and disability duties. The guidance focuses on the concepts of ‘due regard’ and ‘regard’ and their implementation within the context of a public authority equality scheme and disability action plan.
In July 2014, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) published its race equality policy paper, highlighting the need to combat prejudicial attitudes and to develop robust and reliable statistical information to better target and monitor key policies and actions.
More information about the Commission’s racial equality work is available on the website.
In May 2014 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Poverty and Ethnicity programme published research examining economic and social mobility among ethnic minority groups in Northern Ireland, following a period of unprecedented inward migration.
The report by Jenny Irwin from RSM McClure Watters (Consulting) Ltd and Dr Ruth McAreavey from Queen’s University Belfast, finds that Northern Ireland’s economy is wasting the potential of some of its most skilled and motivated workers. It recommends that the Northern Ireland Executive shows leadership by demanding that employers treat people fairly and reviewing its own services to make sure that people from all ethnic groups are getting the support they need to improve their circumstances.
The Poverty and Ethnicity programme was launched in 2011 and has included research on the effects of social networks, workplace cultures, a review of the evidence on specific issues facing Northern Ireland and an exploration of the experiences of different ethnic groups in Wales.