Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better

Good Friday 1998 was a day of hope. After thirty years of violence, a new day seemed to be dawning as politicians embraced, then inked an agreement which held out the promise of lasting peace. As the Agreement turns sixteen, it is timely to check the politicians’ school report card to see if their implementation of the…Continue reading Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better

Archbishop Romero, Northern Ireland and the Right to the Truth

The United Nations has declared today (24th March) as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning gross human rights violations and for the dignity of victims. One of the purposes of the Day is to honour the memory of victims of human rights violations and promote the importance of the right to…Continue reading Archbishop Romero, Northern Ireland and the Right to the Truth

AMNESTIES, PROSECUTIONS AND REPARATIONS

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Luke Moffett.  Luke Moffett is a lecturer in the School of Law Queens University Belfast. He is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project entitled Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Public Interest in the Northern Ireland transition. With colleagues at Queens (Kieran…Continue reading AMNESTIES, PROSECUTIONS AND REPARATIONS

Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Right to Truth

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Louise Mallinder. Louise Mallinder is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project entitled Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Public Interest in the Northern Ireland transition. With colleagues at Queens (Kieran McEvoy, Gordon Anthony and Luke Moffett) and local NGO Healing Through Remembering, the project…Continue reading Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Right to Truth

The Haass / O’Sullivan Proposed Agreement on parades and flags: analysis from a human rights perspective

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

From Mike Nesbitt to Madiba –the question of rewriting history

This article will contrast two unrelated matters that come together only insofar as they engage the above concept of history being rewritten. The first comes in the context of the potentially imminent Haass proposals, provided to parties in draft form yesterday (and now in part at least finding their way to the print edition of the…Continue reading From Mike Nesbitt to Madiba –the question of rewriting history

Asking a Different Set of Questions? Dealing with the Conflict Legacy in Northern Ireland and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Part Two

Dr Catherine O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law and Gender Research Coordinator at the University of Ulster Transitional Justice Institute, where she also directs the LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights. Her new book, Gender Politics in Transitional Justice (Routledge, 2013), examines feminist engagement with, and gendered outcomes of, transitional justice…Continue reading Asking a Different Set of Questions? Dealing with the Conflict Legacy in Northern Ireland and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Part Two

Asking a Different Set of Questions? Dealing with the Conflict Legacy in Northern Ireland and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Part One

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Dr Catherine O’Rourke. Dr Catherine O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law and Gender Research Coordinator at the University of Ulster Transitional Justice Institute, where she also directs the LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights. Her new book, Gender Politics in Transitional Justice…Continue reading Asking a Different Set of Questions? Dealing with the Conflict Legacy in Northern Ireland and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 Part One