Murphy Concerned at Funding of Human Rights Commission

Date published: 28 January 2020

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has expressed concern with the budget of the Human Rights Commission.

Finance Minister Conor Murphy meets Dr David Russell and Les Alamby from the Human Rights Commission

Speaking after meeting a delegation from the Commission, led by Chief Commissioner Les Allamby, Mr Murphy said:

“Having met with the Human Rights Commission I am concerned about the reduction in funding provided by the British Government. This organisation is central to the rights-based society envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement and it has since acquired additional responsibilities. This includes a responsibility under the EU Withdrawal Agreement to ensure no diminution of rights. Yet I am advised that the Commission’s budget has nearly halved in real terms over the last decade.

“Given its critical importance in protecting everyone’s human rights I have written to the Secretary of State seeking a meeting to discuss additional funding for the Commission.”

Speaking following the meeting, Human Rights Commissioner, Les Allamby said: 

 "I welcome today’s meeting with the Minister to discuss the Commission’s work.  The New Decade, New Approach document acknowledged the importance of the Commission. The Commission continues to have an impact despite losing almost half its funding from the NIO in the past ten years. The Commission welcomes the restoration of devolved government, but is mindful that it will increasingly be unable to fulfil its duties to advise Executive Ministers and carry out its other functions, including supporting legal cases."

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