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, […]

Covert Policing and Ensuring Accountability: Ten Years on from the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports, where now?

CAJ in partnership with University of Ulster Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) will be hosting the following seminar on Tuesday 1 July 2014 Covert Policing and Ensuring Accountability: Ten Years on from the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports, where now? Rooms 82A01 and 82A02 University of Ulster Belfast Campus, 9.30am-3pm Background information for the Covert Policing Seminar […]

#BringBackOurGirls & defend the right to education

On April 14, over 200 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were abducted as they slept, from their school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. More schoolgirls have been kidnapped since. All of these girls are missing, their whereabouts and safety unknown. Islamist armed group Boko Haram claimed responsibility. It aims to overthrow the government by […]

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 […]

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 […]