CAJ has responded to the consultation on the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the UK Covid-19 inquiry. We have prefaced our response by stating it is our strong view that it is also necessary to hold a Northern Ireland specific public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic, which is independent and human rights compliant . This is essential to provide full public accountability, and to learn lessons to prevent recurrence, which can complement a wider UK inquiry.
In relation to the ToR for UK inquiry, we raise a number of concerns within our submission. We believe there are notable limitations in the current draft ToR and are particularly concerned by the lack of reference to human rights obligations within them. Additionally, we also call for there to be appropriate follow up arising from the inquiry findings.
Download our submission here.