In order to prepare a comprehensive and evidence-based state report, the UK Government needs to receive information from all the devolved administrations, overseas territories and crown dependencies. For Northern Ireland, this means that the Northern Ireland Executive must report on the human rights situation and what it is doing to improve it in the jurisdiction. The Executive Office currently takes the lead on coordinating information and preparing the Northern Ireland reports.
It is important that Northern Ireland is represented before the various human rights oversight bodies. For this purpose, all departments must provide information to The Executive Office on how they are fulfilling their duties under the treaty. The human rights oversight bodies will want to hear how their previous recommendations have been implemented.
The areas of work the oversight bodies will want to hear about include:
New laws, repeal or adaptation of existing laws
Administrative procedures and allocation of resources
Strategies, policies, action plans or similar programmes measures adopted that affect people’s access to legal protection and relief
Actions taken to review, evaluate and improve relevant laws, policies and practice.
Research and monitoring
In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of such measures and how they impact on the human rights of various sections of the population, it is also important to supply up-to date information gathered from research and other monitoring mechanisms.
When a report has been prepared by The Executive Office it must receive approval by the Northern Ireland Executive before it can be submitted to the UK department coordinating the UK state report.