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Between 1982 and the present, CAJ has released a huge library of publications on human rights issues.

05
Aug

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...
15
Jul

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,...
07
Jul

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...
07
Jul

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...
29
Jun

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...
10
Jun

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...
07
Jun

Briefing note on Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill

The Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill is currently passing through the House of Lords. The bill largely reflects draft legislation published alongside the 2020 New Decade New Approach (NDNA) deal, which included three separate bills respectively covering provisions related to the Irish language; the appointment of a new Ulster Scots/Ulster British Commissioner; and the...
24
May

Model Bill Team initial response to legacy and reconciliation bill

Comprised of experts from QUB and CAJ, the Model Bill Team has worked for almost a decade to find human rights compliant solutions to the legal and political challenges regarding dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. The group has analysed the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill – which is currently on its...
12
May

Dealing with hate expression in public space in Northern Ireland

Hate expression remains prevalent in public space in Northern Ireland, causing significant harm to the communities it targets. Racist and sectarian hate expression is particularly common, but hate expression targeting the LGBT community and women also regularly appears in public space. Because of its intimidating nature, hate expression is a significant contributor to housing segregation,...
17
Apr

Submission on the UK’s Fifth State Report under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

CAJ has drafted a detailed submission in response to the Fifth State Report of the UK under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). Our response provides commentary on the UK’s commitments in relation to Northern Ireland. It focuses on a number of different key areas including: Irish language legislation; Ulster Scots...
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