NI health department appeals adoption ruling

A guest post by Catherine Couvert. Yesterday(15 January 2013) in Assembly question time, the Minister for Health confirmed that he is challenging Mr Justice Treacy’s decision last October that the rule banning civil partners and unmarried couples in Northern Ireland from adopting was illegal (judicial review [2012] NIQB 77). Mr Agnew [Stephen Agnew MLA, Green…Continue reading NI health department appeals adoption ruling

VIDEO: Securing justice for child abuse victims – Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a campaigning, investigative journalist whose name has become synonymous with the search for truth about organised child abuse in Northern Ireland. In this talk at the RightsNI Live! event from December 11th 2012, he gives a glimpse into some of his investigations, from his work on the Kincora children’s home scandal in the 1980s, serial-abuser…Continue reading VIDEO: Securing justice for child abuse victims – Chris Moore

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

I fought the law and the law won: the Police Ombudsman and child rights

We welcome today’s guest post by Sara Boyce, Information and Research Coordinator at Include Youth.  Include Youth is an independent non-governmental organisation that actively promotes the rights, best interests of and best practice with disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.  I Fought the Law and the Law Won Few people starting a new job…Continue reading I fought the law and the law won: the Police Ombudsman and child rights

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

A Child Rights compliant Youth Justice System

We welcome today’s guest post by Sharon Whittaker, Communications Worker at Include Youth.  Include Youth is an independent organisation which actively promotes the rights, best interests of and best practice with young people at risk. A Child Rights compliant Youth Justice System Young people involved with Include Youth’s Young Voices project met with Thomas Hammarberg,…Continue reading A Child Rights compliant Youth Justice System

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

Considering Human Rights in addressing Historic Institutional Child Abuse in Northern Ireland

We welcome this contribution from solicitor Khara Glackin of the South Tyrone Empowerment Project (STEP). Khara has provided extensive research and advocacy in the area of historical abuse and human rights.   Considering Human Rights in addressing Historic Institutional Child Abuse in Northern Ireland Historic institutional child abuse is certainly a very prevalent and deeply…Continue reading Considering Human Rights in addressing Historic Institutional Child Abuse in Northern Ireland