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S455 to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) on the UK’s 6th Periodic Report


CAJ welcomes the 6th periodic report from the UK government in conformity with its obligation to submit itself regularly to scrutiny by the ICESCR Committee. We hope that the following material will be of help to the Committee in carrying out a full examination of the extent of the UK’s compliance with the Covenant in so far as it applies to Northern Ireland.

The following submission will focus on areas where problems exist or where further advances are needed in order to protect economic, social and cultural rights in Northern Ireland. The submission is divided into themes:

  • Welfare ‘Reform’ and Northern Ireland (Art. 3, 6, 9, 11, 12)
  • Austerity and Northern Ireland (Art. 3, 6, 9, 11, 12)
  • The anti-poverty strategy for Northern Ireland (Art. 3, 6, 9, 11, 12)
  • The Equality Commission investigation into NI housing policy (Art 11)
  • Women’s inequality in Northern Ireland (Art. 3, 10)
  • Rights Protections in the Northern Ireland peace agreements (Art. 1, 2) o Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland o Proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act o Irish language legislation
  • Abortion legislation in Northern Ireland (Art. 12)


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