Mental illness and the death penalty

October 10, 2014

This winter will mark 53 years since the last use of capital punishment in Northern Ireland. On 20 December 1961 Robert McGladdery became the last man to be hanged in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol, for the murder of Pearl Gamble. The death penalty for murder was finally abolished in Northern Ireland on 25 July 1973. However, depending on […]

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Misleading, Vague and Baffling: The Conservative Human Rights Policy document

October 4, 2014

The policy statement (available on the BBC) includes some sensible opening comments recognising the important role of the European Convention on Human Rights. It then goes on to make numerous vague, tendentious or misleading statements in its ‘Case for Change’. According to the paper “The European Court of Human Rights has developed ‘mission creep’. Strasbourg adopts […]

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Hong Kong: the spirit of freedom

October 3, 2014

As far as the eye can see, young pro-democracy protestors have taken to the streets of central Hong Kong to demand the right to elect freely the next chief executive of the territory. The students’ speeches, songs and placards celebrate the freedoms they want to enjoy. Beijing has announced restrictions for the 2017 election – which […]

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Moazzam Begg: released without charge

October 2, 2014

Back in February, I wrote at this site about my concern on hearing of the arrest of Moazzam Begg, ex Guantanamo Bay detainee. I had listened to Moazzam speak about his experiences in Belfast in 2009 (my article reporting on his talk at St Mary’s College about his incarceration without charge post 9/11, originally written […]

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Attacking Islamic State vs protecting civilians in Syria?

September 26, 2014

With the start of US-led air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria this week, and Parliament due to vote today on British military action in neighbouring Iraq, attention is once again focused on the conflict which has cost so many lives since 2011. When G8 leaders met in Fermanagh last year, they committed themselves to helping to bring […]

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Clinical Legal Education as an Access to Justice Innovation

September 15, 2014

We are delighted to publish this from Dr Gráinne McKeever, Reader at the School of Law, Ulster and Associate Director of the Ulster Law Clinic. This was originally posted at on the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Imagine you got grant funding to develop an access to justice research agenda. Your grant application proposes the appointment […]

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Where now for the hooded men? Ireland v UK revisted

September 8, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW LAW LLP KRW Recent research which has fed into high profile media documentary television programmes by both RTE and BBC has resurrected interest in the case of the 14 Hooded Men. It will be recalled that The Hooded Men were those […]

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Human Rights Festival 2014: Now Accepting EVENT PROPOSALS

August 19, 2014

The third year of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival will take place in 2014 from the 8 -13 December. The festival celebrates and promotes the importance of human rights at home and abroad and coincides with International Human Rights Day on the 10th December.   Check out the video at Now in its third year, we […]

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Postgraduate Research Conference on human rights, transitional justice and peace building, Nov 7th

August 13, 2014

The Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster), the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice (Trinity College Dublin), and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (University of Ulster) invite proposals for a one-day postgraduate student research seminar to be held on Friday 7 November 2014. This year’s event, on human rights, transitional justice and peace building, […]

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Prisoner voting cases

August 12, 2014

Today’s judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Firth v UK is the latest in a long series considering the UK’s ban on prisoners voting in elections. Firth confirms the judgment going back to the Hirst case, that the UK is in breach of its obligations under Article 3 of Protocol 1 to […]

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EIUC Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers

July 30, 2014

EIUC Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers Early birds enrollment until 15 September We are happy to announce that EIUC training seminar for International Short-Term Observers is now ready to accept candidatures. With the patronage of Italian, Spanish and Czech MFA, EIUC has developed two three day modules aiming at providing training to civilian staff in […]

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