Relentless campaign to suppress the truth

by Donal Lyons on July 22, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Brian Gormally, director of CAJ. “There is a relentless campaign, led by the UK Government and supported by some elements in Northern Ireland, to suppress the truth about the activities of state agents during the conflict. The aim is to ensure impunity for any crimes […]

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Sexual orientation discrimination and donating blood

by Rory OConnell on July 17, 2014

The Court of Justice of the European Union is considering a case from France that may also be relevant to local disputes involving a ban on donation of blood. Advocate General Mengozzi has issued an opinion on the case, indicating that  a life time ban on gay men donating blood would likely be disproportionate.   […]

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Litigating the Legacy in Secret: CMP Declarations in Northern Ireland

July 5, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW LAW LLP.   The Justice and Security Act 2013 (JSA 2013) contains a provision at section 6 for a party in a civil action, for example a claim for damages, to apply for a declaration from the presiding judge that a […]

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United against racism – 8,000 march in most ethnically diverse demo ever seen in NI

June 10, 2014

Saturday afternoon in Belfast saw 8,000 people march together in the most ethnically diverse political demonstration ever seen in Northern Ireland. The Unite Against Racism march was organised by Amnesty International, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM). The Northern Ireland Executive has let down members of […]

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Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

June 3, 2014

We welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Introduction In May Brice Dickson, Chair of the NI Policing Board’s Historical Enquiry Team (HET) Working Group, wrote to a number of interested parties […]

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Enforcing Equality: Training seminar, Friday 27 June 10am, UNISON Offices, Derry/ Londonderry

May 28, 2014

The Equality Coalition held a training seminar on Friday 4 April in UNISON for members of the Equality Coalition and other NGOs, community groups, voluntary organisations, policy officers and trade unionists. The session looked at how best to make complaints to ensure District Councils, Health Trusts, Education Boards, the Housing Executive, Government Departments etc abide […]

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Covert Policing and Ensuring Accountability: Ten Years on from the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports, where now?

May 27, 2014

CAJ in partnership with University of Ulster Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) will be hosting the following seminar on Tuesday 1 July 2014 Covert Policing and Ensuring Accountability: Ten Years on from the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports, where now? Rooms 82A01 and 82A02 University of Ulster Belfast Campus, 9.30am-3pm Background information for the Covert Policing Seminar […]

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Stop and Search: legal certainty and dodgy consultation outcomes, two judgements of broader note

May 15, 2014

Last week Justice Treacy delivered judgements in two judicial reviews relating to the use of emergency-type stop and search powers under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007, which will be of broader interest to other policy areas too. The first judgement, related to the legal certainty test under human rights law, i.e. whether […]

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#BringBackOurGirls & defend the right to education

May 9, 2014

On April 14, over 200 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were abducted as they slept, from their school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. More schoolgirls have been kidnapped since. All of these girls are missing, their whereabouts and safety unknown. Islamist armed group Boko Haram claimed responsibility. It aims to overthrow the government by […]

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Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: time for a definition in law

May 6, 2014

Publication of Equality Coalition commissioned expert paper “Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: time for a definition in law” In light of the plans, as part of the NI Executive’s community relations strategy, to include a definition of sectarianism in local law for the first time, the Equality Coalition has published an expert paper on the subject, […]

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Legal Aid and the Legacy: The Importance of Independence

April 29, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley. Christopher Stanley was formerly Legal Officer with Rights Watch (UK) and is now working at KRW LLP. The Legal Aid and Coroners’ Bill (LACB) is progressing through the legislative process of the Northern Ireland Assembly having been introduced by the Department of Justice […]

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