Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is a non departmental public body established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Powers and duties of the Commission derive from a number of statutes which have been enacted over the last decades, providing protection against discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race, religion and political opinion, sex and sexual orientation. The Commission also has responsibilities arising from the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in respect of the statutory equality and good relations duties which apply to public authorities. The Commisssion's sponsor is The Executive office which carries responsibilities for equality policy and legislation in the Northern Ireland Executive.