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25
Feb

Submission on Belfast City Council’s proposed policy on dual language street signs

CAJ has responded to the consultation held by Belfast City Council on the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of its proposed policy on dual language street signs. While we welcome some elements of the new policy – including the aim of the policy being expressly tied to promoting minority language rights and linguistic diversity – we...
25
Feb

Just News February 2022

Inside this issue: We celebrate CAJ’s 40th anniversary in this special bumper edition of Just News with a series of retrospective articles – all written by well-known faces from CAJ’s past and present. As usual, we also cover the latest human rights and equality issues impacting Northern Ireland, including abortion access, the recovery from the...
23
Feb

Can Stormont Rollback the Home Office ‘Hostile Environment’? Legal Research Report

The hostile environment is a suite of UK policies designed at making life unbearable for people living in the UK without immigration status. However, these policies have been shown to negatively affect all migrants and ethnic minority communities, regardless of the status they hold. The impact of the hostile environment was famously revealed during the...
15
Feb

Police Reform North and South: Learning from the past and planning for the future

A second joint seminar from ICCL and CAJ to reflect on policing reform on the island of Ireland, building on discussions at our prior event held last year. When: 9.15am to 5pm, Thursday 24 March 2022 Where: Westin Hotel, Dublin OR virtual Following on from our ‘PSNI@20’ conference in November 2021, CAJ and ICCL are...
14
Feb

CAJ responds to publication of Bill of Rights report

Bill of Rights blocked again – CAJ responds to the report published today by the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. CAJ Director, Brian Gormally, said, “The report from the Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights shows that progress towards a Bill of Rights has again been blocked by those...
28
Jan

Briefing note: Nationality and Borders Bill – Electronic Travel Authorisation

Clause 71 of the Nationality and Borders bill (as introduced to the House of Lords) amends the Immigration Act 1971 to introduce Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). This provides for a pre-entry clearance system, which requires anyone who does not need a visa, entry clearance or other specified immigration status, to obtain authorisation before travelling to...
26
Jan

Can Stormont Rollback the Home Office ‘Hostile Environment’? Legal Research Report Launch

Join us for the launch of a new legal research paper by barrister Mark Bassett on the application of the ‘hostile environment’ in NI. When: 10.30am to 12.30pm, Wednesday 23 February 2022 Where: Zoom (online only) Commissioned by the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Immigration Project, barrister Mark Bassett has authored a legal...
18
Jan

Equality Coalition ‘Policy Asks’ 2022

The Equality Coalition has developed a series of ‘Policy Asks’ for Northern Ireland, which have a particular emphasis on rights and equality. These ‘asks’ are based on a recent mapping exercise by CAJ, which examined the status of rights-based commitments from the agreements of the NI peace process. Download the document here. The Equality Coalition...
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...
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