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Northern Ireland - Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

October 26th 2011

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The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI)’s mission is to improve people’s lives through the responsible and effective use of its powers.

In general terms, the Commission’s statutory remit provides that it is to promote equality of opportunity and affirmative action, work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination, keep relevant legislation under review, promote good relations between persons of different racial groups and oversee the effectiveness of statutory duties on public authorities.

The organisation is a predominantly promotion-type and legal support body [1].

Detailed profile

To find out more information about the grounds/fields of discrimination covered by the organisation, as well as its powers, activities and structure, please download the detailed profile below:

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Contact details

Postal address: Equality House, 8-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DP, UK

Telephone: +44 28 90 890 890

General email address:


Contact person for media enquiries:

  • Ciaran Bradley: +44 28 90 500 695

[1According to a European Commission study on Equality Bodies, predominantly promotion-type equality bodies “spend the bulk of their time and resources on a broader mix of activities that include supporting good practice in organisations, raising awareness of rights, developing a knowledge base on equality and non-discrimination, and providing legal advice and assistance to individual victims of discrimination” (page 44).