EVENT: Hillsborough: The Truth – Phil Scraton

Event announcement Hillsborough: The Truth — Phil Scraton 6pm, Friday 18 January 2013 – No Alibis Bookstore, Botanic Avenue Following publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s Report in September 2012 the impact has been unprecedented: a comprehensive investigation by Independent Police Complaints Commission; a full inquiry by the Director of Public Prosecutions concerning potential for…Continue reading EVENT: Hillsborough: The Truth – Phil Scraton

Human rights and the PSNI rehiring scandal

RightsNI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Daniel Holder, Deputy Director,  Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ). This week saw the much awaited publication of the Audit Office Report into the ‘rehiring’ practices of the PSNI (Report here; BBC coverage here), a matter on which CAJ and others had been asking questions…Continue reading Human rights and the PSNI rehiring scandal

Mauritius must get to grips with torture if it wishes to restore confidence in criminal justice system

The failure to find and convict the killers of Michaela McAreavey has exposed glaring holes in the Mauritius criminal justice system and a worrying reliance on confessions allegedly extracted under torture.  The Mauritian jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict seems to show that they believed Avinash Treebhoowoon’s allegation that a confession statement produced three days after Michaela McAreavey’s…Continue reading Mauritius must get to grips with torture if it wishes to restore confidence in criminal justice system

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

The handshake, sectarianism and tolerance of dissent

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Daniel Holder. The handshake, sectarianism and tolerance of dissent It might seem an unusual topic for a human rights blog but the well publicised McGuinness-Queen handshake last week did provide a barometer to measure the differing media coverage of more downplayed phenomena, not least sectarianism and…Continue reading The handshake, sectarianism and tolerance of dissent

Syria, Northern Ireland and the UN Prep Com on the Arms Trade Treaty

The final United Nations Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty gets under way later today in New York. This opinion piece, published in Friday’s Belfast Telegraph, explains why it is important that UK government leadership on this issue does not falter now. The news from Homs is bad. Hundreds killed in the last few…Continue reading Syria, Northern Ireland and the UN Prep Com on the Arms Trade Treaty

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