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!
17 October marks UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This post sets out the background to the decision in the high court last month to grant CAJ leave to judicially review the Northern Ireland Executive over its alleged failure to adopt an anti poverty strategy based on objective need. Following the 2006 St…Continue reading The background to CAJs legal challenge to the Anti-Poverty Strategy
“There are people out there who are not well and they don’t know where to go or how to go’” Mental Health service user (Time to Listen: Time to Act, March 2014) In May of this year, the Chief Medical Officer released his annual report on healthcare in Northern Ireland. Amidst the warnings on obesity…Continue reading The Right to Health and Making Informed Choices – Where’s the Choice with “Choose Well”?
On Saturday hundreds of people lined up outside Tescos in Belfast city centre clutching ‘I am shopping for Peter’ posters, in a creative anti-racist protest against the First Minister‘s assertion, among other matters, that he would only trust Muslims “to go down to the shop for me, to give me the right change…”. Peter Robinson…Continue reading ‘Shopping for Peter’ and the question of which racist remarks constitute advocacy of hatred
The Christmas and New Year period often sees issues of homelessness brought to the fore through charitable appeals and media reports. In mid-December however, research reports commissioned by the Department for Social Development were launched, which could have significant consequences for those in most need of homes. “The Final Report: Conclusions and Recommendations of the…Continue reading Social Housing Allocations and the illusions of ‘Choice’, ‘Empowerment’, and ‘Reasonableness’
The UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster and Aware Defeat Depression request the pleasure of your company at a seminar; ‘Maternal Mental Health and Poverty: The Impact on Children’s Education’ On Wednesday 22nd January 2014, at 1.45pm, in the Stormont Hotel Belfast. Seminar Outline: A range of factors can undermine maternal mental health, with…Continue reading Event: Maternal Mental Health and Poverty: The Impact on Children’s Education Seminar, Wednesday 22nd January 2014
The Ministry of Justice is drafting the two UN reports (the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mid-term report, and the periodic report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)). General background on the reporting process in the UK is available at: – UPR: http://www.justice.gov.uk/human-rights/universal-periodic-review – ICESCR: http://www.justice.gov.uk/human-rights/periodic-reports-to-the-united-nations The draft reports themselves will…Continue reading UK reports for UPR (mid-term) and ICESCR
RightsNI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Dr Jaakko Kuosmanen, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. This post originally appeared on the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog at http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/?p=3479 The link between human rights and states’ resource policies is currently a hot topic politically as well…Continue reading A New Frontier? Human Rights and Public Finance
Queen Mary University of London Law Professor Alan Dignam and Menagerie Theatre Company, in association with Amnesty International UK and Queen Mary Drama, explore the human rights consequences of the global expansion of private power. Join the discussion. Rehearse the future. This exciting workshop uses forum theatre dramatisations to look at the growing reach…Continue reading Business and human rights – event
In the wake of the visit to Northern Ireland by UN Special Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, PPR’s Director of Policy, Nicola Browne asks where to now for housing? Nicola can be contacted at email@example.com Much heat has been generated, but not much light shed, around the work of the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate…Continue reading Housing, the UN and Northern Ireland – Where to now?
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
We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Lynda Sullivan, a human rights activist from Northern Ireland currently based in Peru, where she is working with a local community concerned at the health and environmental implications of a huge mining project in the area. On World Water Day 2013 hundreds of thousands of people…Continue reading The fight for the right to clean water in Peru