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
“The attention paid to ‘sectarianism’ in this paper, is not intended to be judgemental or pejorative, but to describe a common predicament: we were raised in a society where sectarianism was ‘built in’ to normality.” That single sentence taken from page 8 of Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: A Review, published in early May, encapsulates the…Continue reading A re-tread of tired approaches: A review of ‘Sectarianism in Northern Ireland: A Review’ Guest post by Brian Gormally, Director, CAJ
One of the realities of the legacy of the past and moving forward the institutions created in the Stormont House Agreement is that they are the only game in town. There is no plan ‘B’ and no realistic prospect of any alternative arriving in the foreseeable future. The Commission welcomes the draft consultation and legislation…Continue reading Addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past Guest post by Chief Commissioner Les Allamby, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC)
The human rights and equality safeguards in Northern Ireland which support our peace agreement are built on a complex web of interlocking legal frameworks. Local, national, European and international law all have an important role to play in providing the groundwork upon which the constitutional settlement for Northern Ireland is founded. Brexit risks destabilising the…Continue reading Rights at Risk: mapping the human rights concerns of Brexit in Northern Ireland Guest Post by Dr Claire McCann
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
‘Taster’ Day and Drop-In Information Session Friday 22 June, 11am-2pm Room 82D23, Belfast campus, York Street The TJI is pleased to announce the launch its innovative new masters programme, LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights. For those interested in learning more about the programme, the TJI will be hosting a ‘taster’ day on Friday 22…Continue reading LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights
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
We welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) www.caj.org.uk Why human rights in Northern Ireland are still internationally important The significance of the conflict Over 3,600 people died out of a population (in the North) of about 1.5 million. If that figure is extrapolated to…Continue reading Why human rights in Northern Ireland are still internationally important
Trafficking in persons “shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits…Continue reading Trafficking: A High Yield Crime in Pain and Suffering
We welcome this guest post from Dónal Kearney. Dónal is a Law graduate of Cambridge University. He has worked as an intern with the CAJ Equality Office and is currently a Legal Support Project volunteer at the Law Centre (NI). Abu Qatada, Marian McGlinchey, and Due Process Abu Qatada al-Filistini is a “truly dangerous” man.…Continue reading Abu Qatada, Marian McGlinchey, and Due Process
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.