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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Return of the Supergrass

In the early 1980s numerous trials were held in which the main evidence against a defendant accussed of paramilitary crimes was from another member of the same paramilitary organisation. The evidence of Christopher Black led to 22 members of the Provisional IRA being convicted of a range of offences. There was no other evidence in the case […]