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04
Jul

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...
23
Jun

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...
22
Jun

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...
21
Jun

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...
07
Jun

Launch of collaborative immigration research

Join us for this one day hybrid conference as we launch our collaborative report on immigration policy in NI When: 10am to 3.30pm, Wednesday 29 June 2022 Where: UNISON, Belfast, OR virtual (Zoom) Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, CAJ’s Immigration Project has partnered with frontline service and advice organisations to produce Frontline Lessons for...
24
May

Academic and human rights experts publish initial response to Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill

Report finds that bill would be “unworkable”, in breach of the Good Friday Agreement and international human rights law and would not deliver for victims and survivors. The Model Bill Team – led by Professor Kieran McEvoy and made up of academics in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and experts from CAJ...
17
May

CAJ outraged by UK legacy bill

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has strongly criticised the UK government’s new legacy bill (as introduced into the UK Parliament today) and has called for it to be scrapped in favour of the prior proposals in the Stormont House Agreement. CAJ is highly critical of a number of aspects of the Northern...
10
May

CAJ statement on Queen’s Speech implications for Northern Ireland

CAJ raises serious concerns about the legacy commitments arising from the Queen’s Speech. Brian Gormally, CAJ Director, commented: “Today’s Queen’s Speech contains a commitment to bring forward legislation to ‘address the legacy of the past’. Details are scant, but it seems that all recourse to law for victims in relation to ‘incidents’ during the conflict...
13
Apr

Equality Coalition Election Hustings

A hustings event in anticipation of the 2022 NI Assembly Election When: 2pm to 4pm, Thursday 28 April 2022 Where: The Lab, The MAC, Belfast AND online In advance of the Northern Ireland Assembly Election on 5 May 2022, the Equality Coalition is hosting a (hybrid) hustings event in The MAC, Belfast. Each of the...
24
Mar

Experts call for radical overhaul of police accountability and intelligence oversight

Two leading human rights organisations on the island will today call for better oversight of police intelligence. With key reform legislation before the Oireachtas, CAJ and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) have assembled international experts on accountability and intelligence. Policy makers, practitioners and academics will also call on An Garda Síochána and the...
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