The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) today launched its first strategy statement, covering the period 2016-18.
The document, which sets out five strategic goals that the Commission will pursue over the next three years, was drafted following a nationwide consultation with members of the public, community groups and NGOs.
The young Commission said the strategy statement is based on the mandate set out in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014.
Its five goals are set out as follows:
Leadership: The Commission will, by 2019, be recognised as an authoritative force, driving and enabling excellence in human rights and equality
Pro-active implementation of Legal Powers: The Commission will pro-actively implement its legal powers, particularly the public duty introduced by S42 of the 2014 Act
Promote Understanding: The Commission will promote understanding of the indivisibility of equality and human rights
Making Human Rights and Equality Real: The Commission will achieve strategic progress in the critical areas of human rights and equality
Promote Intercultural Understanding and Diversity: The Commission will promote and contribute to effective, positive intercultural relations in Ireland and an enhanced recognition of diversity
Chief Commissioner Emily Logan said: “We are tasked with reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of law, policy and practice relating to the protection of human rights and equality In Ireland, and with making recommendations to Government on measures to strengthen, protect and uphold human rights and equality.”
She added: “I look forward to the opportunities for collaboration and exchanging ideas over the lifetime of this strategy and as we make progress on the five strategic goals.”