Today saw the launch of the programme for the 2014 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF). The festival, which will take place from 8-13 December, consists of a series of events on a range of human rights issues from home and abroad in celebration of International Human Rights Day on 10 December . All events…Continue reading Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival Programme Launched!
Securing Europe’s borders versus saving lives
Amnesty International charges in a new report (PDF) and campaign that European governments care more about reinforcing their borders than saving lives, and that they often endanger migrants by outsourcing security along their boundaries. Amnesty’s When you don’t exist campaign focuses on the plight of these ‘people on the move’. According to Amnesty: Last year, at…Continue reading Securing Europe’s borders versus saving lives
Laucling Sonko: Spain guilty of his inhuman treatment and death
The UN Committee against Torture has found the Spanish State guilty of the death of a Senegalese potential asylum seeker. 29-year-old Laucling Sonko was made to jump into the sea on the night of 25-26 September 2007 by Spanish military police (Guardia Civil). He had been trying, with three others, to swim into Ceuta, a…Continue reading Laucling Sonko: Spain guilty of his inhuman treatment and death
UK breaches article 3 ECHR in its treatment of immigration detainee
This post comes from Anna Morvern, an immigration lawyer at Law Centre (NI) who writes here in a personal capacity. Anna has worked with and for immigration detainees for a number of years, as Legal Officer at Bail for Immigration Detainees and as an activist with various groups, including the Refugee Action Group in Northern…Continue reading UK breaches article 3 ECHR in its treatment of immigration detainee