ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 5

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: (a) Consult stakeholders on how to make civil and political rights a reality for everyone in the UK. (b) Ensure that the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland includes all the rights in the ICCPR and comes into force as soon as possible. (c) Ensure that if any new law replaces the Human Rights Act 1998, it strengthens human rights protections in the UK, including civil and political rights.

Original UN recommendation

The State party should: (a) Engage in consultation with stakeholders at all levels to identify ways to give greater effect to the Covenant in all jurisdictions that fall under its authority or control or with regard to which it has formally undertaken to implement the Covenant. (b) Ensure that the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland incorporates all the rights enshrined in the Covenant and expedite the process of its adoption; (c) Ensure that any legislation passed in lieu of the Human Rights Act 1998 — were such legislation to be passed — is aimed at strengthening the status of international human rights, including the provisions of the Covenant, in the domestic legal order, and provide effective protection of those rights across all jurisdictions.

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2 (implementation at the national level)

Last updated on 11/09/2019