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Equality and Human Rights

Why Equality of Opportunity and Human Rights?

The Northern Ireland Act 1998 placed new duties on public authorities to promote equality of opportunity and good relations. The Equality Scheme approved by the Equality Commission in November 2011 sets out how we will effectively ‘mainstream’ equality issues.

The Human Rights Act 1998 made the European Convention on Human Rights part of the law of Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK as of 2 October 2000, and public authorities must act compatibly with the Convention rights.

The Equality and Human Rights Officer is responsible for supporting managers in dealing with the issues that may arise from Equality and Human Rights Legislation.

If you require further information about the Section 75 duties or the Convention Rights please contact the Equality and Human Rights Officer


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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