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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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