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08
Apr

Response to UK Covid-19 inquiry consultation

CAJ has responded to the consultation on the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the UK Covid-19 inquiry. We have prefaced our response by stating it is our strong view that it is also necessary to hold a Northern Ireland specific public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic, which is independent and human rights...
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...
06
Dec

Coronavirus and human rights FAQ: Facemasks, vaccines, and vaccine passes

CAJ has developed a new FAQ to tackle some of the keys questions about the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on human rights. This FAQ has been published in light of recent anti-vaccination protests in Northern Ireland and the increasing prevalence of misinformation online. A PDF version is available via this link. Is having to wear...
16
Nov

CAJ writes to NI Executive on vaccine passports

CAJ has written an open letter to NI Executive Ministers in response to the proposed introduction of a mandatory Covid-19 passport scheme in Northern Ireland. The letter is reproduced in full below: Dear Minister, Re. Vaccine Passports Given the Health Minister’s request to the NI Executive to consider making the production of a vaccine passport compulsory...
05
Jul

Equality Coalition joint statement on the pandemic recovery

Civil society groups call for action to urgently address inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19 and to prevent austerity from becoming part of NI’s pandemic recovery. The Equality Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 NGOs and trade unions, has issued an official statement urging decision makers to address inequality as part of the pandemic recovery following...
Just News July 2021
01
Jul

Just News July 2021

Inside this issue: We examine the rights implications of vaccine passports and the government’s plans to alter the law on judicial review. Also, we cover the outcome of the Ballymurphy Inquest, which found the victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre to be entirely innocent. Other articles examine additional human rights issues, such as (the lack of)...
07
Jun

The Right to Protest and NI Coronavirus regulations

During the pandemic, the main regulations impacting the right to protest have been the ‘restrictions on gatherings’ and (when still in force) the ‘stay at home’ rule. At times, there has been no specific exemption to accommodate protests, making them all effectively illegal. Currently (since 24 May 2021), provisions are in place allowing outdoor gatherings...
20
May

Response to the PSNI consultation and EQIA on the temporary use of spit and bite guards

A Spit and Bite Guard (SBG) is a controversial mesh hood, used to prevent a person from spitting on or biting police officers or staff. SBG were introduced by the PSNI, without consultation, last year as a temporary measure for the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic. The use of SBGs constitutes a use of force....
29
Apr

Covid Conversations – Human Rights in a Pandemic

Last year, the Equality Coalition teamed up with the Transitional Justice Institute and Human Rights Consortium to organise webinars examining human rights issues brought into sharp focus by the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally intended as a limited series, the webinars continued for far longer than we originally expected (much like the pandemic itself). Events were held...
15
Apr

CAJ cautions against the use of vaccine passports

CAJ concerned vaccine passport app could discriminate and be ID card by stealth CAJ has urged the NI Executive to consider the human rights implications of requiring people in Northern Ireland to carry a vaccine ‘passport’ to prove they have been immunised against Covid-19. We have analysed the proposals for a ‘digital certificate’ of vaccination,...
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