Why “Shoot to Kill” won’t go away

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from  Professor Fionnuala Ni Aoláin. Professor Ní Aoláin is concurrently Associate Director  at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is co-founder and associate director of the Transitional…Continue reading Why “Shoot to Kill” won’t go away

(More) UK intervention in Syria: some additional questions

On the face of it last week was a good week for scrutinising power in that questions from the UK Parliament did ultimately derail the stated desire of the UK government to partake in an imminent attack on Syria (in effect a further intervention given the existing levels of UK support for the rebels). Among those who …Continue reading (More) UK intervention in Syria: some additional questions

Sectarian/racist expression and restricting parades to protect the rights of others: implications of Vona v Hungary

On 9 July 2013 the European Court of Human Rights issued its judgment in the case of Vona v Hungary relating to a supremacist organisation engaged in military-style assemblies. The authorities had ultimately dissolved the organisation following its attempt, blocked by police, to march through a street inhabited by Roma families. In the context of protecting…Continue reading Sectarian/racist expression and restricting parades to protect the rights of others: implications of Vona v Hungary

What does “National Security” actually mean?

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) published a report in late 2012 entitled “The Policing You Don’t See”. It highlighted the ‘parallel justice system’ currently operating in Northern Ireland. This consists of a police force accountable to local mechanisms and another “force outside a force” responsible for national security issues, operating from within…Continue reading What does “National Security” actually mean?

University of Ulster: “part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up”

It’s a big day for the University of Ulster as it welcomes senior Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Liu Yandong to officially launch its Confucius Institute. While promoted as independent educational and cultural bodies, the Confucius Institutes have perhaps been more accurately described as “an important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up.” Who said that? Some…Continue reading University of Ulster: “part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up”

Scrapping the Human Rights Act: The Northern Ireland Dimension

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has called for the Human Rights Act 1998 to be scrapped on the basis that it prevents the British government from deporting foreign terror suspects or those convicted of crime. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has also expressed his unease about the Human Rights Act and has stated: I agree…Continue reading Scrapping the Human Rights Act: The Northern Ireland Dimension