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Human Rights

OFMDFM's role in Human Rights and Equality Issues
OFMDFM's purpose is to provide advice, support and challenge to NICS departments on the application of Human Rights and/or Section 75 responsibilities. Our remit does not allow us to advise individual members of the public. If you have a query regarding equality or human rights issues you may wish to contact the following:-
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Temple Court
39 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1NA
Tel: (028) 90243987
Website: www.nihrc.org
Or/and
Equality Commission for NI
Equality House
7-9 Shaftesbury Square
Belfast
BT2 7DP
Tel: (028) 90500600
Developing the Act
OFMdFM's Equality, Rights and Social Need Division has developed a supplement to its "Get in on the Act" document published in 2006. This is available below.
Get in on the Act
A practical guide to the human rights act for public authorities in Northern Ireland (PDF 1.08 MB) has been developed by the Human Rights Unit to help public authorities in Northern Ireland understand how the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights affects their work.
Information in the guide is divided into three parts
  • Part 1 - is the introductory and background section. You will need to read this first because it lays out the foundation for understanding and getting the most out of the guide.
  • Part 2 - sets out the Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (and itsProtocols) which have been made part of our law by the Human Rights Act.
  • Part 3 - contains a series of supporting documentation including a Human Rights Impact Assessment proforma (MS Word 108 KB), some frequently asked questions (FAQs), useful contacts and a glossary.
European Convention on Human Rights
A poster outlining the European Convention on Human Rights (PDF 800.69KB) is available to download.  It summaries the articles and procols.  It was produced by Equality and Rights Unit of OFMDFM in 2006 along with the "Get in on the Act" pack to help explain the Human Rights Act.
Queries
Any Northern Ireland Civil Service queries regarding Human Rights and/or Equality issues should be addressed to admin.ersnd@ofmdfmni.gov.uk