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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...
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...
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,...
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...
18
Nov

Stormont’s vetoes in the context of a pandemic – An Equality Coalition briefing note

In 2019, the Equality Coalition’s Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing called for a new agreement to remove those political vetoes within the NI Executive that are not based on (and have conflicted with) equality and rights duties, and as such contributed to the destabilisation and collapse of the NI Executive in...
23
Jun

Amnesty, CAJ & UNISON call for public inquiry into care home deaths

Amnesty International UK, CAJ, and UNISON are calling for a public inquiry into the handling of Covid-19 in care and nursing homes in Northern Ireland with particular reference to very high number of deaths of residents. The call comes following the resignation of all nine board members of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA),...
18
Jun

CAJ and Amnesty International UK briefing note on amendments to the Health Protection Regulations and their application to the Black Lives Matter protests

CAJ and Amnesty International UK have jointly produced a briefing note in response to amendments to the NI Coronavirus regulations, which extended broad and vaguely drafted enforcement powers to outdoor gatherings. Of particular concern was the application of the regulations to the Black Lives Matter protests that took place in Belfast and Derry on Saturday...
16
Jun

Amnesty and CAJ raise concerns over laws restricting protest ahead of assembly debate

Human rights organisations concerned at last-minute law changes and PSNI action against Black Lives Matter protests Amnesty International UK and the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) have written to every MLA – in advance of a debate in the Northern Ireland Assembly today (Tuesday 16 June 2020) – to outline concerns about law...
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