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04
Apr

Conference report – A Renaissance of the Peace Process? What kind of society do we need?

A Renaissance of the Peace Process? What kind of society do we need? was a one day working conference held on 27 September 2019 in the Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast. It was organised by CAJ in collaboration with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), QUB Human Rights Centre, and Senator George J. Mitchell...
28
Feb

Opening Statement to the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement

On 24 February 2022, our Deputy Director, Daniel Holder, and Immigration Solicitor, Úna Boyd, presented to the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. We highlighted the continuing pattern of political obstruction in Northern Ireland in terms of how this is delaying implementation of outstanding rights commitments from the peace settlement and,...
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...
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...
10
Dec

Fifty civil society organisations challenge rights failure

Over 50 civil society organisations from across Northern Ireland – including CAJ –  have written to the First and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to challenge the circumstances that led to the recent suspension of the Ad-Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. In an open letter, sent today (on International Human Rights Day),...
25
Feb

Written evidence on the Citizenship and Passport Processes in Northern Ireland

The NI Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the ‘Citizenship and Passport Processes in Northern Ireland’, and is seeking written evidence on the following three questions: The interaction between UK nationality law and Articles 1 (v) and (vi) of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and any engagement with the ECHR; Whether the Government should consider...
Cover of Just News November 2020
25
Feb

Just News February 2021

Inside this issue: We look at the pandemic from various angles, including examining the human rights implications of country-wide lockdowns. Additional articles explore other rights issues, such as NIHRC’s legal challenge on the lack of abortion services in NI and the ongoing campaign for a Bill of Rights. We also feature a moving tribute from...
02
Feb

Model Bill Team submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence is drafting a follow-up report to examine to what extent the UK has implemented recommendations made based on an official visit to the country in 2016. Civil society groups and national human rights institutions have been given an opportunity to...
20
Nov

Evidence to Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights from CAJ

CAJ has given evidence to the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland on the challenges facing Northern Ireland and the case for a Bill of Rights. Our evidence explains how a rights-based approach in general, and a Bill of Rights in particular, could assist in meeting the existential challenges facing...
23
Oct

Written Evidence to the NI Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on the Bill of Rights from the Equality Coalition Co-Conveners

A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland was first promised in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, but progress towards its development has repeatedly stalled. The establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bill of Rights at Stormont earlier this year represents a fresh attempt to move things forward. On 22 October 2020, CAJ and...
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10/12/2021
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