We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Claire McCann, Human Rights Officer (Rights in Practice) with the Human Rights Consortium. There is a lot of confusion about what impact a ‘leave’ vote in the EU referendum would have on human rights protection in the UK generally and particularly for us in Northern…Continue reading A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Human Rights in the EU
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!
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
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has called for the Human Rights Act 1998 to be scrapped on the basis that it prevents the British government from deporting foreign terror suspects or those convicted of crime. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has also expressed his unease about the Human Rights Act and has stated: I agree…Continue reading Scrapping the Human Rights Act: The Northern Ireland Dimension