Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

House of Lords written question – answered on 31st October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 25 October (WA 139-140) concerning the appointment of Professor O'Flaherty as chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, in what way the professor's appointment to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, representing the Republic of Ireland, became a condition of his appointment; who decided he could continue this appointment; and whether the Republic's human rights record was considered in his appointment.

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

The circumstances surrounding this appointment were as detailed in my Answers of 12 October (Hansard, col. WA 243), 17 October (Hansard, col. WA 27) and 25 October (Hansard, col. WA 140). I have nothing further to add.

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