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Do we need a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland?

Take our survey and tell us your views on the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

The Committee's survey has now closed. Thank-you to everyone who took part. The Committee will look at all of your responses and they will all form part of the report into a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

A bill of rights contains human rights protections for everyone – it is a list of the laws a country agrees to make to protect all the people who live there. It can also contain guiding principles or ideas.

We already have many rights through the European Convention on Human Rights but the Committee is looking at whether or not we should have a specific bill of rights for Northern Ireland. One that reflects the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland, and one that values both main communities in Northern Ireland equally.

Why was the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights set up?

The Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights was set up following the New Decade, New Approach Agreement in early 2020.  The Committee is tasked with considering the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. That includes looking at the implications of a Bill of Rights here and what rights it might include.  The Committee has discussed and received briefings from a wide range of stakeholders and experts in human rights in recent months, but a crucial part of its evidence-gathering is listening to those who are directly affected – you.


What is the consultation about?

This consultation is about the Committee getting your views, listening to what you think and taking on board how you feel about the creation of a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland.  The results of the consultation will provide valuable information to the Committee and help inform its forward work programme.  The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. If you choose to provide contact details, so you are kept informed of the Committee’s work, these details will not be linked to your responses.


Why should I get involved?

This is your chance to say what you think and how you feel.  Your views and opinions are as important as anyone’s.  To get an understanding of what people who live here think about the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, we need to hear from lots of different people. By getting involved you’ll help to ensure that the Committee’s report is reflective of society across Northern Ireland. 


How do I get involved?

You can complete the consultation survey via the link above, request a paper copy, or complete it on the phone with a member of the Assembly Engagement Team.  To arrange paper copies or a phone-call, please contact the Engagement Office on 02890 520321 or email


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