CAJ made two submissions to the Haass process. The first (S419) related to advocating a single mechanism to deal with the legacy of the conflict. The other sets of issues dealt with by the Panel of Parties, including “Flags, symbols, emblems and related matters” and dealing with parades and protests, were dealt with in a…Continue reading The Haass / O’Sullivan Proposed Agreement on parades and flags: analysis from a human rights perspective
This article will contrast two unrelated matters that come together only insofar as they engage the above concept of history being rewritten. The first comes in the context of the potentially imminent Haass proposals, provided to parties in draft form yesterday (and now in part at least finding their way to the print edition of the…Continue reading From Mike Nesbitt to Madiba –the question of rewriting history
“Workers of my country, I have faith in Chile and its destiny… Go forward knowing that sooner rather than later, the great avenues will open again where free people will walk to build a better society.” Last broadcast of President Salvador Allende Today 11 September 2013 is a key anniversary in the international human rights…Continue reading Chile 11 September 1973: 40 years on
On the face of it last week was a good week for scrutinising power in that questions from the UK Parliament did ultimately derail the stated desire of the UK government to partake in an imminent attack on Syria (in effect a further intervention given the existing levels of UK support for the rebels). Among those who …Continue reading (More) UK intervention in Syria: some additional questions
On 9 July 2013 the European Court of Human Rights issued its judgment in the case of Vona v Hungary relating to a supremacist organisation engaged in military-style assemblies. The authorities had ultimately dissolved the organisation following its attempt, blocked by police, to march through a street inhabited by Roma families. In the context of protecting…Continue reading Sectarian/racist expression and restricting parades to protect the rights of others: implications of Vona v Hungary
This week’s publication of the UK Bill of Rights Commission advice was a timely reminder of the absence of our own Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, the UK Commission being clear their work should no longer be used to delay or interfere in our process mandated by the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. Back locally flags…Continue reading Flags: was our Bill of Rights to deal with this?