As autumn arrives in Northern Ireland a many-sided crisis, already developing, will affect all our lives. There is a crisis of governance at a UK level. The current government, headed by Boris Johnson, has a working majority of one in the House of Commons, even with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The…Continue reading Autumn in Northern Ireland: Parameters of a political, social and economic crisis Guest post by Brian Gormally, Director, CAJ
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!
In the wake of the visit to Northern Ireland by UN Special Rapporteur, Raquel Rolnik, PPR’s Director of Policy, Nicola Browne asks where to now for housing? Nicola can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Much heat has been generated, but not much light shed, around the work of the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate…Continue reading Housing, the UN and Northern Ireland – Where to now?
Back in 2007 the Conservative party clearly outlined its vision for the future shape of human rights protections in the UK. It stated that, ‘the Human Rights Act 1998 has not proved to be effective in protecting fundamental rights in Britain…A Conservative Government will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a modern…Continue reading SECOND CHANCE TO LISTEN: UK BILL OF RIGHTS COMMISSIONS SECOND CONSULTATION
The global recession and the subsequent adoption of austerity or retrenchment policies has the potential to undermine the social and economic rights of the most vulnerable in our societies (see for instance CESR’s indictment of Ireland’s economic and financial policies). These threats to social and economic rights put in focus the role that law may…Continue reading Austerity and the ECHR
Last Thursday, Feb 2nd 2012, saw the holding of the third East Belfast Speaks Out event with a panel made up of: Minister for Education John O’Dowd (SF), MLA Chris Lyttle (Alliance), MLA Sammy Douglas (DUP), MLA Michael Copeland (UUP) and Councillor John Kyle (PUP) and chaired by the BBC’s Mark Davenport. Organised…Continue reading “Speak to them, Not about them!” – East Belfast Speaks Out: Offering hope for civic engagement across Northern Ireland.
Fascinating public attitudes research from Ipsos/MORI, on Northern Ireland public attitudes towards a NI Bill of Rights, was published earlier this week as part of a new report (PDF) from the Human Rights Consortium. It seems to explode the myth that there is no appetite from the Northern Ireland public for a Bill of Rights…Continue reading “The vast majority of people in Northern Ireland consider a Bill of Rights to be important”
The Seven Towers Residents Group documentary film Papering Over the Cracks which was shown over the summer at the West Belfast Feile is now available to view online. It may be of interest to those following the work of the group and all those who showed an interest in a previous post on the same subject. The film focuses…Continue reading Papering over the Cracks: the documentary film