Why is the debate on dealing with the past in Northern gender blind?

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Andreé Murphy of Relatives for Justice. Andreé can be reached at andree@relativesforjustice.com. This was originally posted on the Eamonn Mallie blog at http://eamonnmallie.com/2015/05/why-is-the-debate-on-dealing-with-the-past-in-northern-gender-blind-by-andree-murphy/.  This is an argument for a concerted effort to make gender a specific and identifiable matter of concern within the Stormont House Agreement. […]

Could the NI Assembly legislate for the Haass ‘Historic Investigations Unit’?

November 2014 has witnessed some interesting statements. At a TJI conference the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, made it abundantly clear that the UK state cannot wash its hands of its Article 2 obligations by delegating them down to the devolved institutions and refusing to fund them.  The Lord Chief Justice, […]

Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

We welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Introduction In May Brice Dickson, Chair of the NI Policing Board’s Historical Enquiry Team (HET) Working Group, wrote to a number of interested parties […]

An end to miscarriages of justice?

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 […]