ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 10
Plain English recommendation
Hold a public consultation on plans to repeal the Human Rights Act, and on the proposal for a new Bill of Rights.
Ensure any new laws strengthen human rights protections, including economic, social and cultural rights.
Speed up the introduction of a bill of rights for Northern Ireland.
Original UN recommendation
The Committee recommends that the State party undertake a broad public consultation on its plan to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 as well as on the proposal for a new bill of rights. It also recommends that the State party take all necessary measures to ensure that any new legislation in this regard is aimed at enhancing the status of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights, in the domestic legal order and that it provide effective protection of those rights across all jurisdictions of the State party. The Committee recalls its previous recommendation (see E/C.12/GBR/CO/5, para. 10) and urges the State party to take all necessary measures to expedite the adoption of a bill of rights for Northern Ireland.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
2 (implementation of the Convention)