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Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014: Second Stage

Vote from 10/04/2014

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This Act will provide for the establishment of a body to be known the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission; to provide for the dissolution of the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority and the transfer of their functions to that body; to provide for the conferral of other functions on the said body; to amend the Employment Equality Act 1998, the Equal Status Act 2000 and the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003; to repeal the Human Rights Commission Act 2000; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

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The functions of the Commission shall be—

(a) to protect and promote human rights and equality,
(b) to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality,
and inter-cultural understanding in the State,
(c) to promote understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights and
equality in the State,
(d) to encourage good practice in inter-cultural relations and to promote tolerance
and acceptance of diversity in the State, and
(e) to work towards the elimination of human rights abuses, discrimination and prohibited conduct, while respecting diversity and the freedom and dignity of each person

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