Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

June 3, 2014

We welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Introduction In May Brice Dickson, Chair of the NI Policing Board’s Historical Enquiry Team (HET) Working Group, wrote to a number of interested parties […]

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Enforcing Equality: Training seminar, Friday 27 June 10am, UNISON Offices, Derry/ Londonderry

May 28, 2014

The Equality Coalition held a training seminar on Friday 4 April in UNISON for members of the Equality Coalition and other NGOs, community groups, voluntary organisations, policy officers and trade unionists. The session looked at how best to make complaints to ensure District Councils, Health Trusts, Education Boards, the Housing Executive, Government Departments etc abide […]

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

May 27, 2014

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 […]

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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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