Know Your Rights

Civil servants have a statutory duty to respect, protect and fulfil people’s human rights when developing and delivering government policy and services.

This guide will help you gain knowledge of human rights law and standards and core principles through which human rights are realised.

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Human Rights Diversity


This online human rights guide has been developed for the NICS by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC). The video provides an overview of the work of the NIHRC.

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Why is This Guide Essential?

Departments are obliged to comply with ratified human rights treaties and statutes particularly the European Convention on Human Rights. Good human rights work supports good governance and helps embed human rights in the work of the Executive and legislature. By increasing NICS human rights knowledge and capacity we can improve compliance with human rights law and strengthen the culture of human rights awareness and good practice.

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