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The Transitional Justice Peace Agreements Database.  
 
Database - Record for : The Agreement Reached in Multi-Party Negotiations
Record 562

Country :

UK/Northern Ireland

Agreement Title/Name:
The Agreement Reached in Multi-Party Negotiations
Year :
1998
Date Signed :

10 April 1998

Summary :

Three strand agreement dealing with the establishment of internal institutions, North/South institutions and East/West institutions. Sets out specific obligations. British/Irish treaty annexed to agreement. Negotiated as if binding quality.


Parties :
APNI, NIWC, Sinn Fein, UUP, NI Labour Coalition, UDP, PUP, SDLP, Irish Govt, UK Govt (agreement not signed)
Third Parties :
Statehood/Identity :
Preamble uses language of self-determination and enshrines principle of consent; Part 2- Constitutional Issues s.1-2 and 2 Annexes- provisions ensuring future sovereignty issues are determined by wishes of majority of NI citizens; Power-map: power-sharing, cross-border bodies, see NDI
Governance/Democratic Inst :
Devolved power-sharing govt (strand one); cross-border institutions (strand two)
Women :
Rights, Safeguard and Equality of Opportunity: Human Rights para 1. Parties affirmed the rights of women to full and equal political participation; Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity: Economic, Social and Cultural Issues para. 1 commits the British govt to pursuing the advancement of women in public life pending devolution
Amnesty :
Not Applicable
Past Mechanism :
Not Applicable
Prisoner Release :
Annex B: Both govts committed to implement mechanism for an accelerated program of prisoner releases
Victims :
Part 6- para. 12 commits govts to adequately resourcing the provision of services for victims of the conflict,; no specific mechanisms pending report of Victims Commission
Criminal Justice Reform :
Annex B provides for Criminal Justice Review; provides for judicial selection to be looked at
National Human Rights Inst :
Part 6- Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity: Human Rights para.5 establishing NIHRC and para.6 establishing Equality Commission
Human Rights Framework :
Provision of Bill of Rights, and ECHR to be incorporated (Strand One, 5.); 'Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity' 1. List of unenforceable rights; 'Economic, Social and Cultural Issues' 3. Language Policy
Judicial Reform :
Annex B provides for Criminal Justice Review; provides for judicial selection to be looked at
Policing :
Part 6- Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity: 'Police and Justice' s.1-3, 6, 7, Annex A: Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland- police reform to be decided by the commission
Refugees/Land :
Not Applicable
Civil Society :
Strand 1: Democratic Institutions in Northern Ireland para. 34 provides for a consultative Civic Forum to be established comprising representatives of the business, trade union, voluntary sectors, and other such agreed sectors.
Dev& Socio-Economic Rights :
Not Applicable
Enforcement Mechanism :
Part 11- Validation, Implementation and Review, s.2-3, referenda to be held north and south; s.1. British-Irish Agreement annexed to the Belfast Agreement (measure to ensure implementation); Provision for Review
International Community :
US Senator George Mitchell chaired negotiations
UN Involvement :
Source :
USIP


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