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(1)In section 71(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47) (Human Rights Commission: Convention rights proceedings: restrictions) for “section 6(2)(c), 24(1)(a) or 69(5)(b)” substitute “ section 6(2)(c) or 24(1)(a) ”.
(2)After section 71(2) of that Act insert—
“(2A)Subsection (1) does not apply to the Commission.
(2B)In relation to the Commission's instituting, or intervening in, human rights proceedings—
(a)the Commission need not be a victim or potential victim of the unlawful act to which the proceedings relate,
(b)section 7(3) and (4) of the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42) (breach of Convention rights: sufficient interest, &c.) shall not apply,
(c)the Commission may act only if there is or would be one or more victims of the unlawful act, and
(d)no award of damages may be made to the Commission (whether or not the exception in section 8(3) of that Act applies).
(2C)For the purposes of subsection (2B)—
(a)“human rights proceedings” means proceedings which rely (wholly or partly) on—
(i)section 7(1)(b) of the Human Rights Act 1998, or
(ii)section 69(5)(b) of this Act, and
(b)an expression used in subsection (2B) and in section 7 of the Human Rights Act 1998 has the same meaning in subsection (2B) as in section 7.”
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