Stop and Search: legal certainty and dodgy consultation outcomes, two judgements of broader note

May 15, 2014

Last week Justice Treacy delivered judgements in two judicial reviews relating to the use of emergency-type stop and search powers under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007, which will be of broader interest to other policy areas too. The first judgement, related to the legal certainty test under human rights law, i.e. whether […]

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#BringBackOurGirls & defend the right to education

May 9, 2014

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 […]

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Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: time for a definition in law

May 6, 2014

Publication of Equality Coalition commissioned expert paper “Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: time for a definition in law” In light of the plans, as part of the NI Executive’s community relations strategy, to include a definition of sectarianism in local law for the first time, the Equality Coalition has published an expert paper on the subject, […]

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Legal Aid and the Legacy: The Importance of Independence

April 29, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley. Christopher Stanley was formerly Legal Officer with Rights Watch (UK) and is now working at KRW LLP. The Legal Aid and Coroners’ Bill (LACB) is progressing through the legislative process of the Northern Ireland Assembly having been introduced by the Department of Justice […]

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Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better

April 18, 2014

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 […]

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2014 Venice School of Human Rights

April 4, 2014

News of an event from the EIUC in Venice. We are happy to announce that the fifth edition of the EIUC Venice School of Human Rights will run from 27 June to 5 July 2014 and is accepting applications until 15 May 2014. The EIUC Venice School of Human Rights will update participants on the […]

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CAJ’s director Brian Gormally in Washington

March 27, 2014

CAJ’s director Brian Gormally recently traveled to Washington where he met with a range of public representatives and senior decision makers.

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Archbishop Romero, Northern Ireland and the Right to the Truth

March 24, 2014

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 […]

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Event: Make Belfast a Slave Free Zone, March 26th

March 20, 2014

Unchosen are pleased to be partnering with the Belfast Film Festival again this year on the 26 March. Unchosen will be bringing to Belfast the Premier of three short films, two of which are based on Irish case studies provided by Turn Off The Red Light- who campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking in […]

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THE JORDAN JUDGMENT: WHERE NOW AFTER 22 YEARS? CHALLENGING STATE FAILURE

March 19, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley. Christopher Stanley is Legal Officer with Rights Watch (UK) and can be reached at cstanley@rwuk.org. “The inquest into the death of Pearse Jordan has been dogged by severe delay.” (Lord Bingham Jordan v. Lord Chancellor [2007] NI 217 at [2]) The Jordan judgment […]

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An end to miscarriages of justice?

March 14, 2014

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 […]

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Registered Intermediaries in Northern Ireland

March 5, 2014

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from John Taggart.  John is currently completing his barrister pupillage in The Bar Library in Belfast.   Introduction Since the promulgation of The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 certain witnesses have been recognised as ‘vulnerable’ thus making them ‘eligible for assistance on the grounds of […]

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