Human Rights in Practice

By The End Of This Section You Will Know:

  • The human rights that carry responsibilities for the NICS
  • The rights that could be affected when working on a range of key issues for NICS departments
  • To understand how human rights are engaged when working on complex issues
  • To have an overview of some of the responsibilities related to these rights

Applying Human Rights in the NICS

Human rights are indivisible, interdependent and interrelated  and many areas of NICS work engage a range of human rights. The rights engaged will depend on the subject matter at issue and the groups of individuals that could be affected.

These topics include lists of human rights that carry responsibilities for the NICS. We have therefore referenced all of the legally binding domestic, regional and international human rights instruments within which those rights are located. The following abbreviations are used:


ICCPR                    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

ICESCR                  International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

ICERD                    International Covenant for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

UNCEDAW             UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women

UNCAT                   UN Convention against Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

UNCRC                  UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNCRPD                UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

ECHR                     European Convention on Human Rights

HRA                       Human Rights Act


When reading the information under each of the headings on the left, the following general rules about how human rights are applied in practice should be kept in mind: