The Commission is a National Human Rights Institution with A status accreditation from the UN and non-departmental public body. We receive grant-in-aid from the UK government through the NI Office and report to Parliament through the Secretary of State for NI. 

There are seven Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State. As far as practicable, Commissioners, as a group, are representative of the community in NI.

Our role is to protect and promote the human rights of everyone in NI. We help people understand what their human rights are and what they can do if their rights are violated or abused.

The Commission functions include: 

  1. providing advice on legislation introduced in the NI Assembly and on policy proposals made by Ministers. We also provide advice to the UK government and Parliament.
  2. conducting investigations. To do so, we may enter places of detention, and can compel individuals and agencies to give oral testimony or to produce documents.
  3. promoting understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights. To do so, we may undertake or support research and educational activities.
  4. providing legal advice and initiating strategic legal cases.

monitoring the implementation of international human rights treaties.

Les Allamby Chair (new Chair due to commence on 1 September 2021)

David Russell Chief Executive

Why the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“The Commission promotes the fundamental human right to participate in public life and is committed to increasing the diversity of representation throughout Northern Ireland. It is committed to the aims and objective of the Boardroom Apprentice, and in particular the realisation of equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups such as women, young people, and minority ethnic communities.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

At the moment meetings are being held virtually via Microsoft Teams but when we return to face to face meetings they will all be held in our office at 4th Floor, Alfred House, 19-21 Alfred Street, Belfast, BT2 8ED

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board and Committee meetings are held quarterly. Meetings take place during the day from 0930 – 1400

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

Monday 27 September 2021

Monday 25 October 2021

Monday 29 November 2021

Monday 13 December 2021

Meetings for 2022 have not yet been set but Board meetings are normally the last Monday of each month unless it is a bank holiday (with the exception of July when there is no meeting).

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

Audit and Risk Management Committee meetings yet to be arranged as we are in the process of appointing a new independent Chair. Meetings normally take place quarterly in September, December, March and June.