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Database - Record for : Joint Declaration by the British and Irish Governments
Record 132

Country :

UK/Northern Ireland

Agreement Title/Name:
Joint Declaration by the British and Irish Governments
Year :
2003
Date Signed :

1 May 2003

Summary :

Declaration by the two Governments outlining the work that they had engaged in since the suspension of the Executive and the Assembly in 2002 and identifying areas where progress could be made in the ongoing implementation.


Parties :
UK government, Irish Government
Third Parties :
Statehood/Identity :
11. govts commiting to begin process of establishing All-Ireland parliamentary forum (as per Belfast Agmt). 30. The British Government will continue to discharge all its commitments under the Agreement in respect of the Irish language. Specifically, in relation to broadcasting, the British Government will take all the necessary steps to secure the establishment as soon as possible, following receipt of the final business case in April, of a fund for financial support for Irish language film and television production. It will also take steps to encourage support to be made available for an Ulster-Scots academy. And facilitating TG4 being broadcast across NI. 31. Two govts to consult with local parties on way forward on use of emblems and symbols for public purposes.
Governance/Democratic Inst :
11. govts commiting to begin process of establishing All-Ireland parliamentary forum (as per Belfast Agmt), scheduling a consultative event with civil society members; and to formally consider secretariat for British-Irish Council
Women :
art. 21 Police Service to renew efforts to recruit from formally under-represented groups, incl. women
Amnesty :
Not Applicable
Past Mechanism :
26. parties commit to consider establishment of a victims' and survivors' forum. 'Remembering and recognition are an essential part of the healing process.'
Prisoner Release :
Not Applicable
Victims :
art. 26 parties commit to dedicating next stage of implementation to victims. To facilitate that work, consideration will be given to the establishment of a victims? and survivors? forum.
Criminal Justice Reform :
24. Further significant change will be introduced in the context of a second Criminal Justice Bill which will bring forward the creation of a Judicial Appointments Commission. The two Governments intend to move forward quickly with the development of cooperation on criminal justice matters between the two jurisdictions, where there is mutual benefit.
National Human Rights Inst :
Not Applicable
Human Rights Framework :
art. 25 (and Annex 3) parties re-commiting themselves to HR infrastructure in the Belfast Agmt. Annex 3. Implementation Group 14. Govt welcome work of Implementation Group to review NIHRC progress on Bill of Rights for NI.
Judicial Reform :
24. Further significant change will be introduced in the context of a second Criminal Justice Bill which will bring forward the creation of a Judicial Appointments Commission. The two Governments intend to move forward quickly with the development of cooperation on criminal justice matters between the two jurisdictions, where there is mutual benefit.
Policing :
Art. 19 parties committing to, and Annex 1: timetable for 'normalization' of policing; art. 20 British govt commiting to facilitate dialogue between local parties on agreeing timetable for devolution of policing (set out in Annex 2); art. 21 Police Service to renew efforts to recruit from formally under-represented groups;
Refugees/Land :
Not Applicable
Civil Society :
11. govts commiting to begin process of establishing All-Ireland parliamentary forum (as per Belfast Agmt), scheduling a consultative event with civil society members; 21. NB of community leaders removing impediments/discouragement to joining police service; 29. civil society to be included in govt policy for economic regeneration and Targetting Social need
Dev& Socio-Economic Rights :
25. The two Governments fully support the human rights affirmed in the Agreement, including the right to equal opportunity in all social and economic activity. 29. British govt to target economic regeneration in consultation with relevant civil society and intl orgs
Enforcement Mechanism :
34. The two Governments are committed to a review this autumn of the operation of the Belfast Agreement (under paragraph 8 of the Validation, Implementation and Review section). This provides a vehicle for further consideration of a number of other important issues that the parties have brought to the table.
International Community :
29. Accordingly, in consultation with the Irish Government, the International Fund for Ireland, the Special EU Programmes Body and representatives of civic society in Northern Ireland, the British Government will work with the devolved administration, when restored, to bring forward a strategic and integrated approach aimed at the progressive regeneration of those areas of greatest disadvantage.
UN Involvement :
Source :
Irish Dept of Foreign Affairs


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