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Committee on the Administration of Justice
14
Jan

Shanaghan family responds to Police Ombudsman’s statement on ‘Operation Greenwich’

The family of Patrick Shanaghan has responded to the Police Ombudsman’s statement on ‘Operation Greenwich’, welcoming some aspects of the report, while criticising its limitations. Operation Greenwich relates to a series of murders and attempted murders committed across several counties between 1988 and 1994, including the 1991 murder of Patrick Shanaghan. CAJ represents the family...
06
Jan

CAJ (intervener) responds to European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on Ashers cake case

CAJ has described the ruling (1) published today by the European Court of Human Rights on the Ashers cake case (Lee v. the United Kingdom) as a “missed opportunity”. The ruling declared the case inadmissible on a legal technicality. CAJ, alongside international LBGT and other rights groups (2), was party to third-party intervention in this...
15
Dec

UK Supreme Court quashes ‘irrational’ PSNI decision not to further investigate allegations UK Ministers authorised the use of torture in the ‘Hooded Men’ cases

The UK Supreme Court has found that the decision of the PSNI not to investigate an allegation that senior UK government ministers authorised the use of torture in the ‘Hooded Men’ cases was “irrational and falls to be quashed”. The judgment follows a judicial review challenge taken by CAJ on behalf of Mary McKenna, the...
Cover of CAJ 2021 annual report
10
Dec

CAJ Annual Report 2021

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding conference that established the Committee on the Administration of Justice. 1981 was one of the worst years of the Troubles, with 117 people dying, 10 of them on hunger strike and seven through being hit by plastic bullets. Many of the others were victims of armed...
10
Dec

Fifty civil society organisations challenge rights failure

Over 50 civil society organisations from across Northern Ireland – including CAJ –  have written to the First and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to challenge the circumstances that led to the recent suspension of the Ad-Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. In an open letter, sent today (on International Human Rights Day),...
06
Dec

Coronavirus and human rights FAQ: Facemasks, vaccines, and vaccine passes

CAJ has developed a new FAQ to tackle some of the keys questions about the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on human rights. This FAQ has been published in light of recent anti-vaccination protests in Northern Ireland and the increasing prevalence of misinformation online. A PDF version is available via this link. Is having to wear...
02
Dec

Submission to the Committee of Ministers in relation to the supervision of the cases concerning the action of the security forces in Northern Ireland (October 2021)

Our latest submission to the Committee of Ministers was drafted for consideration at the 1419th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, which is taking place between 30 November and 2 December 2021. In the submission, we highlight the lack of support locally and internationally for the UK government’s recent Command Paper on legacy, which includes proposals...
17
Nov

CAJ 40th anniversary celebration and AGM

A reflective event marking our 40th anniversary, featuring South African activist Albie Sachs as guest speaker. When: 10.30am to 12noon, Friday 10 December 2021 Where: Zoom (online only) Founded in 1981 at the height of the Troubles, CAJ has spent the last forty years striving to promote justice and protect human rights within Northern Ireland....
16
Nov

CAJ writes to NI Executive on vaccine passports

CAJ has written an open letter to NI Executive Ministers in response to the proposed introduction of a mandatory Covid-19 passport scheme in Northern Ireland. The letter is reproduced in full below: Dear Minister, Re. Vaccine Passports Given the Health Minister’s request to the NI Executive to consider making the production of a vaccine passport compulsory...
Cover of Just News October 2021
29
Oct

Just News October 2021

Inside this issue: We join UN experts in voicing concern at the blanket amnesty proposed by the UK government within their current legacy plans. Elsewhere, articles explore the serious deterioration in human rights since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. The issue also examines the campaign to close NI’s only immigration detention centre, highlights the...
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