Today’s landmark judgement on adoption in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland blanket ban on adoption by civil partners and on unmarried partners adopting as a couple is unjustifiable. A guest post by Catherine Couvert. Mr Justice Treacy in the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland today gave a landmark judgement on a judicial review regarding the blanket ban on adoption by civil partners…Continue reading Today’s landmark judgement on adoption in Northern Ireland

Adoption, gay and unmarried couples and the Good Friday Agreement

Guest poster, Catherine Couvert, offers this update on developments subsequent to her initial article at Rights NI. Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March were interesting days in Belfast High Court as the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and DHSSPS counsels made their final submissions in the judicial review on adoption by unmarried couples and civil…Continue reading Adoption, gay and unmarried couples and the Good Friday Agreement

Laucling Sonko: Spain guilty of his inhuman treatment and death

The UN Committee against Torture has found the Spanish State guilty of the death of a Senegalese potential asylum seeker. 29-year-old Laucling Sonko was made to jump into the sea on the night of 25-26 September 2007 by Spanish military police (Guardia Civil).  He had been trying, with three others, to swim into Ceuta, a…Continue reading Laucling Sonko: Spain guilty of his inhuman treatment and death

Adoption, unmarried parents, civil partners and a welcome judicial review

I am very pleased to post this guest article by Catherine Couvert.  A feminist and an LGBT and human rights activist, Catherine works in a Belfast NGO as a Publications Officer, and writes here in a personal capacity. Adoption, unmarried parents, civil partners and a welcome judicial review The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has…Continue reading Adoption, unmarried parents, civil partners and a welcome judicial review

Fatal reality of immigration policies of deterrence

Although it is a wonderful testament to human resilience and assistance to our fellows, that survivors from the sunken boat off East Java continue to be found and rescued, the loss of so many lives in this disaster points to inhuman law-making and failures of human hospitality and generosity. Press reports say that the boat…Continue reading Fatal reality of immigration policies of deterrence