We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Helen Flynn, Campaigns and Membership Officer with the Human Rights Consortium. This is a crosspost from http://www.humanrightsconsortium.org/upr-examination-uk-4-may-2017/ On Thursday 4 May the UK had to defend its human rights record before other Member States of the UN. The UK was grilled on a diverse range of issues including…Continue reading The UPR Examination of the UK – 4 May 2017
We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Claire McCann, Human Rights Officer (Rights in Practice) with the Human Rights Consortium. There is a lot of confusion about what impact a ‘leave’ vote in the EU referendum would have on human rights protection in the UK generally and particularly for us in Northern…Continue reading A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Human Rights in the EU
We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Jason McKeown, Communications Assistant with the Human Rights Consortium. With the 2016 Assembly Elections almost upon us, the Human Rights Consortium takes a look at the manifestos of the various political parties who have put themselves forward for election. This resource will…Continue reading Manifesto Watch: 2016 NI Assembly Election
We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Claire McCann, Human Rights Officer (Rights in Practice) with the Human Rights Consortium. Yesterday was a significant day for the families of those people killed in Hillsborough, who have fought so hard to discover the truth of what happened on that fateful day 27 years…Continue reading You’ll never walk alone – Hillsborough and the Human Rights Act
The threat to the Human Rights Act rumbles on, albeit, in muted tones compared to the fanfare of the Conservatives 2014 proposals and now juxtaposed by Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice’s tepid responses to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee earlier this week, in relation to their inquiry on…Continue reading ‘The Impact of the Human Rights Act in Northern Ireland’, Conference Overview
…according to Baroness Kennedy during yesterday’s session of The EU Justice Sub Committee Inquiry on the Potential Repeal of the Human Rights Act on EU Law. The Committee heard evidence from Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in relation to the proposed consultation on a British Bill of…Continue reading British Bill of Rights could seem like ‘swaggering centralized power’…
Today saw the launch of the programme for the 2014 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF). The festival, which will take place from 8-13 December, consists of a series of events on a range of human rights issues from home and abroad in celebration of International Human Rights Day on 10 December . All events…Continue reading Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival Programme Launched!
Each year the 10th December is celebrated as Human Rights Day across the world. The date marks the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Civil society groups across the world use this date as an opportunity to celebrate and mark the importance of…Continue reading Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival: 9-14 December 2013
The Human Rights Consortium is proud to co-host the Northern Ireland leg of the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) Human Rights Tour in Belfast on 26 September. The BIHR’s Human Rights Tour is a series of 17 free-to-attend community events taking place across the length and breadth of the UK. These unique town-hall style days are an opportunity for local people…Continue reading Human Rights Tour- 26 September
Fifteen years ago today people in Northern Ireland took to the polls to vote in the Good Friday Agreement referendum. From an exceptionally high voter turn-out of 81.1% a resounding 71.1% voted in favour of the Agreement, with all of its provisions. The Agreement was firmly anchored in human rights and equality and a key…Continue reading 15 YEARS AFTER REFERENDUM, UK GOV URGED TO DELIVER BILL OF RIGHTS
Back in 2007 the Conservative party clearly outlined its vision for the future shape of human rights protections in the UK. It stated that, ‘the Human Rights Act 1998 has not proved to be effective in protecting fundamental rights in Britain…A Conservative Government will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a modern…Continue reading SECOND CHANCE TO LISTEN: UK BILL OF RIGHTS COMMISSIONS SECOND CONSULTATION
Yesterday afternoon, members of Occupy Belfast controversially “took control” of the Bank of Ireland building on Royal Avenue in Belfast. They claim their move was in opposition to “soaring homelessness, lack of affordable social housing and home repossessions”. Could a Bill of Rights help with these issues? Sub-standard housing, homelessness and repossessions have become a…Continue reading Could a Bill of Rights have prevented bank takeover?