Northern Ireland is figuring prominently in the news again. This time it is the discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP on the formation of a workable new British government. Developments have provoked much criticism, derision and even satirical comment. Quite a bit is directed towards human rights and equality themes. Whatever emerges officially about any deal, it does provide a fitting opportunity to reflect on the state of (and prospects for) human rights and equality in Northern Ireland, nearly 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement.