A Shared Future

Human Rights & Equality

We recognise that human rights are inherent and universal. They are an essential part of modern governance and protect the individual from injustice. To protect our human rights, Alliance will

Support the European Convention on Human Rights and
oppose any attempts to repeal or dilute the Human Rights Act

We also believe that those fleeing persecution and civil war should be able to find refuge in Northern Ireland. We have an obligation to help people escape such tragic circumstances and to ensure they are treated humanely. In order to meet this obligation, we will:

  • Encourage the UK Government to accept its proportionate share of refugees entering the European Union.

  • Ensure the Department for Communities has a comprehensive plan in place to accommodate refugees.

  • Work with housing providers to ensure homes for refugees are easily available, safe and identifiable.

  • Ensure the provision of free English lessons for all refugees, initially delivered by an Alliance Minister, remains in place.

 

👥 Gender Equality 👥

Our priorities for progressing gender equality include:

  • Continuing to promote the new system of Shared Parental Leave and Flexible Working, which Alliance introduced via the Department for Employment and Learning.

  • Setting robust targets for the uptake in Northern Ireland of UK-wide childcare schemes, as part of a comprehensive Childcare Strategy in Northern Ireland.

  • Continuing our strong opposition to domestic and sexual violence by investing in welfare facilities, education and awareness programmes.

  • Opposing the practice of Female Genital Mutilation across the world by calling for a global ban and realistic enforcement.

 

# LGBT+ Rights #

Alliance has long supported the improvement of rights afforded to the LGBT+ community,

who often face discrimination on a wide range of issues.

Our priorities for improving the rights of LGBT people include:

  • Introducing legislation to extend civil marriage provisions to same sex couples, provided that robust protections are provided through legislation to protect faith groups and religious celebrants who do not wish to marry same-sex couples.

  • Lifting the ban on gay (and unmarried) couples adopting

  • Continuing to oppose the proposed ‘Conscience Clause’ which is poorly defined and is a charter for discrimination.

  • Producing guidance for schools on tackling homophobic bullying.

  • Provide pardons for people who were convicted under outdated indecency laws.

  • Developing a comprehensive Strategy for Transgender People to ensure that the distinct needs of transgender people are reflected in public services and other areas of life. We will back this up with legislation if necessary.

People with Disabilities

We recognise that social and economic changes are needed to remove barriers which

prevent disabled people from achieving full equality. We will:

  • Reform welfare assessments so that people with lifelong, debilitating conditions are not required to undergo regular re-assessment.

  • Advocate for the installation of both audio and visual announcements across all forms of public transport and develop other mechanisms for making public transport as user- friendly as possible.

  • Make streets as user-friendly as possible.

  • Support the Independent Living Fund.

👶 👧 👵 Children, Young & Old People 👶 👦 👴
  • To protect Northern Ireland’s people; young and old, we will:

  • Argue for the introduction of votes for 16 and 17 year olds.

  • Ensure that any new age discrimination legislation outlaws age discrimination against under-16s in Northern Ireland.

  • Produce a Single Equality Act which covers age discrimination against older people.

  • Recognise that many older people may wish to stay in work and provide them with the opportunity to improve their skills.


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