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S453 CAJ to the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on the 4th Report of the UK

CAJ welcomed the opportunity to meet with a delegation from the Advisory Committee in Belfast earlier in the month. This written submission focuses on the following areas:

Legislative and institutional developments affecting application of the Framework Convention in the domestic legal order:
  • Treatment of treaty-based obligations
  • Minority rights and vetoes in the Northern Ireland settlement
  • Vetoes and misuse of the ‘good relations’ duty
  • Threats to the Equality Duty – the ‘Equality and Good Relations’ Commission
  • Defining sectarianism in law and baseline data
Anti-poverty, austerity and structural adjustment
  • Anti-poverty Strategy on the basis of objective need
  • Austerity and the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements
Policing and criminal justice
  • Incitement to hatred legislation in Northern Ireland
  • NI Stop and Search powers and ethnic monitoring
Irish-English Bilingual Signage
  • Bilingual signage and local authorities


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