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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UK arrest of Moazzam Begg, ex Guantanamo Bay detainee – Belfast event

February 26, 2014

I am concerned to hear of the arrest of Moazzam Begg, former Guantanamo Bay detainee. Here is an article that I wrote for Amnesty International’s blog, “Belfast and Beyond”, when Moazzam Begg spoke about his experiences alongside Guantanamo former military guard at St Mary’s University College in Belfast in 2009. I haven’t followed the work […]

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Call for applications: LLMs at the Transitional Justice Institute

February 24, 2014

Transitional Justice Institute University of Ulster Call for Applications for academic year 2014-15 1.       LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice 2.       LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights Full information:  http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/tji_intro_llm.html Entry Conditions: Applications are invited from graduates in Law (or a related discipline with relevant experience) who have attained or are about to attain […]

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AMNESTIES, PROSECUTIONS AND REPARATIONS

February 19, 2014

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Luke Moffett.  Luke Moffett is a lecturer in the School of Law Queens University Belfast. He is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project entitled Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Public Interest in the Northern Ireland transition. With colleagues at Queens (Kieran […]

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Amnesties, Prosecutions and Victims’ Right to Justice

February 18, 2014

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Louise Mallinder. Louise Mallinder is currently working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project entitled Amnesties, Prosecutions and the Public Interest in the Northern Ireland transition. With colleagues at Queens (Kieran McEvoy, Gordon Anthony and Luke Moffett) and local NGO Healing Through Remembering, the project […]

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