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Mapping the Rollback? Human Rights Provisions of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 15 years on

Report of a conference held in the Great Hall, Queens University Belfast, 26 April 2013 Organised by the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) in collaboration with the Transitional Justice Institute of the University of Ulster and the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. No.-65-Mapping-the-Rollback-HR-Provisions-15-years-on-Conference-Report-Nov-2013 CAJ in collaboration with the Transitional Justice Institute...

Unequal Relations? Policy, the Section 75 duties and Equality Commission advice: has ‘good relations’ been allowed to undermine equality?

No.-64-Unequal-Relations-–-Policy-the-Section-75-duties-and-Equality-Commission-advice-etc-May-2013 On 23 May 2013 the Office of the First and deputy First Minister published the ‘Together: Building a United Community Strategy.’ This document confirmed a proposal, reported by the BBC back in January 2013, 1 to rename the Equality Commission the ‘Equality and Good Relations Commission’ and grant the body additional community relations powers....

Still part of life here?

A report on the use and misuse of stop and search/question powers in Northern Ireland No.-63-Still-Part-Of-Life-Here-November-2012

The Policing You Don’t See

Covert policing and the accountability gap: Five years on from the transfer of ‘national security’ primacy to MI5 No.-62-The-Policing-you-dont-see-November-2012 The participants believe it essential that policing structures and arrangements are such that the police service is professional, effective and efficient, fair and impartial, free from partisan political control; accountable, both under the law for its...

Human Rights and Dealing with Historic Cases – A Review of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

No.-61-Human-Rights-and-dealing-with-Historic-Cases-–-A-review-of-the-Office-of-the-Police-Ombudsman’s-Office-for-Northern-Ireland The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has advocated for an independent police complaints mechanism since 1982 and continues to advocate that such a mechanism is essential to ensure public accountability of and thus confidence in policing in Northern Ireland. The current complaints mechanism – the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern...

Prisons and Prisoners in Northern Ireland: Putting human rights at the heart of prison reform

No.-60-Prisons-and-Prisoners-in-Northern-Ireland-–-Putting-human-rights-at-the-heart-of-prison-reform Executive Summary A great deal has been written and said over the past number of years in relation to the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS). Hundreds of recommendations for change have been made, and although many of them have been taken on board, there exists a mass of unimplemented recommendations. The nature of the...

Policing with the Community? Patten’s ‘New Beginning’ 10 Years on

No.-59-Policing-with-the-Community-Patten’s-‘New-Beginning’-10-Years-On-Proceedings-of-a-conference-which-took-place-in-Belfast-in-November-2009 CAJ has worked on policing since its establishment in 1981. It followed closely the Patten process, and since then has monitored how these changes have been implemented and human rights standards complied with. This conference, organised by the Policing Programme in CAJ, sought to examine Patten ten years on. Anchored in the Patten Report,...

Reflecting on the report of the Consultative Group on the Past

No.-58-Reflecting-on-the-report-of-the-Consultative-Group-on-the-Past FOREWORD | by the Co-Chairs of the Consultative Group on the Past The Consultative Group on the Past was established to find a way forward out of the shadows of the past. The goal was to enable our society to do this together and this was to be achieved through the widest possible consultation....

The Best Bill of Rights – A Guide

No.-57-The-Best-Bill-of-Rights-–-A-Guide-June-2008 The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has been an advocate of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland since its inception in 1981. As such we have been actively engaged in the various stages of consultation and debate that have occurred, in particular over the last ten years since the commitment to...
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