The Equality Coalition held a training seminar on Friday 4 April in UNISON for members of the Equality Coalition and other NGOs, community groups, voluntary organisations, policy officers and trade unionists. The session looked at how best to make complaints to ensure District Councils, Health Trusts, Education Boards, the Housing Executive, Government Departments etc abide…Continue reading Enforcing Equality: Training seminar, Friday 27 June 10am, UNISON Offices, Derry/ Londonderry
Last week Justice Treacy delivered judgements in two judicial reviews relating to the use of emergency-type stop and search powers under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007, which will be of broader interest to other policy areas too. The first judgement, related to the legal certainty test under human rights law, i.e. whether…Continue reading Stop and Search: legal certainty and dodgy consultation outcomes, two judgements of broader note
Publication of Equality Coalition commissioned expert paper “Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: time for a definition in law” In light of the plans, as part of the NI Executive’s community relations strategy, to include a definition of sectarianism in local law for the first time, the Equality Coalition has published an expert paper on the subject,…Continue reading Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: time for a definition in law
The above headline would be one usually welcomed by human rights activists here and throughout the world given the significance it could have: no more convictions on the basis of ‘confessions’ beaten out of suspects; an end to police corruption, an end to agent provocateurs fitting up persons, the list goes on. Yesterday however the…Continue reading An end to miscarriages of justice?
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’
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
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
I am grateful to James Bridle for allowing me to share his description of deportation activities below. A BBC report also states that Mr Muaza has been deported. Our petition was sent to Theresa May and copied to OFMDFM but has, as yet, received no response. James writes of “immigration removals” in his post: “When…Continue reading Mr Muaza was deported
On December 9th, CAJ in collaboration with the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster and the Human Rights Centre Queens University Belfast are pleased to invite you to the launch of the conference report ‘Mapping the Rollback – Human Rights Provisions of the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement 15 Years On’. The conference report covers CAJ’s ‘Mapping the…Continue reading Mapping the Rollback
This is a guest post by Catherine Couvert, who works as a Publications Officer for a Belfast NGO but is writing here in a personal capacity. On 22 October 2013, the UK Supreme court laid to rest the long saga of the legal battle over adoption in Northern Ireland. Civil partners cannot be barred from…Continue reading Supreme Court says Edwin Poots must accept NI courts’ decisions on adoption
On Wednesday 13 November 2013 the Human Rights Centre, School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast are hosting a one day conference entitled ‘Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict’. It is open to anyone interested in conflict studies, politics, international relations, human rights, international law, justice and transitional justice. SPEAKERS…Continue reading CONFERENCE: Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict
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?