A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland was first promised in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, but progress towards its development has repeatedly stalled. The establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bill of Rights at Stormont earlier this year represents a fresh attempt to move things forward.
On 22 October 2020, CAJ and UNISON, the Co-Conveners of the Equality Coalition, gave a briefing to the Ad Hoc Committee. Along with many other civil society organisations, both CAJ and UNISON have campaigned in support of the Bill of Rights for many years.
The Bill of Rights could not only provide a practical and enforceable baseline for well-established rights, but also act as a core safeguard over the exercise of government and legislative power in NI.