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Committee on the Administration of Justice

Submission to the Committee of Ministers in relation to the supervision of the cases concerning the action of the security forces in Northern Ireland (July 2022)

Our latest submission to the Committee of Ministers was drafted for consideration at the upcoming 1443rd meeting (September 2022) of the Ministers’ Deputies. It focuses on issues related to the deeply flawed Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill, which is currently progressing through the UK Parliament. Download the submission here. What is the Committee...

Briefing note – Positive obligations and the Bill of Rights Bill

The Bill of Rights Bill, which will reform UK law relating to human rights, contains some provisions that are theatrical and legally meaningless, but it also contains provisions that will harm the protection of human rights. One of the more harmful provisions is Clause 5 on positive obligations. The proposed changes could increase legal uncertainty,...

Written evidence to the follow-up inquiry of the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the NI Protocol

CAJ has provided written evidence to the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the NI Protocol. Our submission focuses on the UK Government’s plans to being forward legislation to unilaterally modify the NI Protocol, with the stated intention of protecting “the Belfast/ Good Friday Agreement [GFA] in all its dimensions”. Our submission, however, argues that the...

Submission in response to the Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy Expert Advisory Panel Recommendation Report.

CAJ has responded to the Department for Communities (DfC) consultation on the Ulster-Scots Language, Heritage and Culture Strategy Expert Advisory Panel Recommendation Report. As a human rights organisation, our primary concern relates to how this strategy can progress compliance with treaty-based human rights standards. Ulster Scots speakers have been recognised as a linguistic minority for over...

CAJ welcomes statement from Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on legacy bill

CAJ has welcomed a statement from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, released earlier today, which raises serious questions about compatibility of the UK’s legacy bill with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Commissioner Dunja Mijatović’s issued the statement following a five-day visit to the UK, including Belfast. The statement is available...

Frontline Lessons for the Future – Collaborative immigration research

Post-Brexit, we are facing into the biggest overhaul of the UK immigration system in decades. The impact of this on the rights of migrant and minority ethnic people will be varied and severe. However, the way in which these changes will specifically impact Northern Ireland is often overlooked in mainstream UK discourse. Funded by the...

Job opportunity – Office and Finance Manager

CAJ is seeking to recruit an Office and Finance Manager. CAJ is an independent, non-governmental, human rights organisation, which seeks to secure the highest standards in the administration of justice in Northern Ireland by ensuring that the government complies with its responsibilities in international human rights law. It currently has a staff team of seven...

CAJ deeply concerned about the ‘Removal of Rights Bill’

The UK Government has today published what should more aptly be called the ‘Removal of Rights Bill’, designed to weaken the protection of human rights and the rule of law. In an example of the ‘big lie’ school of politics, this draft legislation is called a “Bill of Rights Bill,” as though it will enhance...

Just News June 2022

Inside this issue: We examine whether academic freedom is under threat in Northern Ireland in our cover story. Elsewhere, we highlight new research from the Women’s Policy Group NI (WPG), which shows the impact of violence against women and girls in NI. We also look at other pressing rights issues in additional articles, such as...

Response to inquiry into the effect of paramilitaries on NI society

CAJ has responded to the NI Affairs Committee inquiry into ‘The effect of paramilitaries on society in Northern Ireland’ (which closed in May). Our submission focuses on one key issue – the link between paramilitarism and housing intimidation. Tackling housing segregation in Northern Ireland has been long raised as one of the key factors in...
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