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09
Sep

NI organisations express shock at the peace process being used as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations by UK government

Civil society organisations in Northern Ireland have warned against the peace process and the rights of Northern Irish people being used as a bargaining chip in the latest round of negotiations on the trade deal between the UK and the EU. Alarm bells were set off when the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis...
03
Sep

CAJ statement on the appointment of six new human rights commissioners

CAJ notes the appointment of six new Commissioners to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), who each took up office on 1 September 2020. CAJ hopes they will demonstrate their firm commitment to upholding international human rights standards under the leadership of the Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, not only as we attempt to emerge...
14
Aug

EU-UK future relationship cliff edge: Outstanding issues around access to EU and human rights in the Northern Ireland context

There are a number of imminent rights protections gaps that will result from Brexit. Some of these areas were to be addressed in the context of the EU-UK future relationship negotiations yet seem to have fallen off the agenda as the end of the transition period approaches. The pandemic, alongside a perception such matters have...
13
Aug

Electronic Travel Authorisation and the Common Travel Area

From the recent immigration white paper (published December 2018), it is clear that the UK government intends to move towards an online immigration system, with applications, visa documents, and status checking taking place digitally.  At the UK border, the use of e-gates and an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme is proposed. What the immigration white...
14
May

CAJ explanatory statement on changes to UK Immigration Rules

The changes to the Immigration Rules today follow the commitments made by the British Government in the New Decade, New Approach agreement of 9 January 2020 and the earlier review promised by Theresa May into Irish citizens in NI being joined by their family members. These changes are driven by the legal challenge by Emma...
Cover of Just News Christmas 2019
20
Dec

Just News Christmas 2019

Inside this issue: Our Director, Brian Gormally, examines the rights implications of the landslide Conservative victory in the general election. There are also guest articles from NIWEP on the key anniversaries for women’s rights that will take place in 2020; WRDA on the fight to end sexual harassment; and NIHRC on the cumulative impact of...
17
Sep

Complaint made by CAJ against Translink for facilitating discriminatory passport checks on cross-border buses

CAJ has submitted a breach of equality scheme complaint against Translink in response to the company facilitating discriminatory passport checks on its cross-border transport services. The complaint has been made by CAJ on behalf of 17 directly affected passengers. Over recent months, concern has been building over the increasing number of passport and identity checks...
04
Sep

Civic and business groups call for the Good Friday Agreement to be protected in US-UK trade talks

CAJ joins with a range of civic and business groups in writing an open letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker in the US House of Representatives, on the need to protect the NI peace settlement during US-UK trade talks. As US Vice President Mike Pence continues his visit to Ireland and the UK, a consortium of...
29
Aug

CAJ signs open letter to the PM on no-deal Brexit

CAJ has joined forces with over 85 civil society organisations to express grave concerns about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit in an open letter addressed to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Together with organisations from across Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, we have called on the Prime Minister to urgently engage with our...
10
Jul

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

When: 9.30am to 4.45pm, Friday 27 September 2019 Where: Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast A working conference organised by CAJ in collaboration with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), QUB Human Rights Centre, and Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. The reality of Northern Ireland life for the past...
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