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How is our work influencing life in Northern Ireland and delivering equality? Learn more about our policy, legal and research work.


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Barriers remain a reality of life for many disabled people
in Northern Ireland and we are working to
address these issues.
Select an option below:

Implementation in NI

UK Independent Mechanism
​The Independent Mechanism for NI contributed to the UKIM report on progress since the 2016 Inquiry into the impacts of welfare reforms on the rights of disabled people. This was considered by the UN Committee on 28 Aug 2023.

Independent Mechanism NI
ECNI and NIHRC have also submitted a Jurisdictional report on progress in Northern Ireland since the 2016 Inquiry. An Easy Read version is also available.


UN Inquiry Report - April 2024
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published a report concluding that the UK Government and NI Executive failed to take measures to address violations of the human rights of disabled people and eliminate causes of inequality and discrimination. 

UNCRPD Research

Shortfalls in public policy in NI
We commissioned research,undertaken by Disability Action, that found shortfalls in public policy and programme delivery in NI relative to the Articles of the UNCRPD: