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29
Jun

CAJ signs joint letter on the protection of EU citizens’ rights

With the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) deadline looming, CAJ has joined with four other NGOs to sign a joint letter urging the NI Executive to take action to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members in Northern Ireland. Dear Minister, Re: Protection of EU citizens and their family members’ rights and access...
28
Jun

Written Evidence on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

CAJ has provided written evidence to the introductory inquiry of the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. The Protocol is a key element of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU. The focus of our submission is specifically on the current situation regarding the UK commitment under Article 2 (“Rights...
24
Jun

Written Evidence on the experience of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland

CAJ has provided written evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on its inquiry into the ‘The experience of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland’. At the time of the 2011 census, it was found that Northern Ireland was the least ethnically diverse part of the UK. Nonetheless, a significant percentage of the...
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...
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...
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...
27
Jun

Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules? – conference report

In March 2019, the Equality Coalition, in partnership with BrexitLawNI, held a major conference on ‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?’ in the Moot Court Room at Queen’s University Belfast. Featuring expert practioner and political panels, the conference explored how Brexit will transform the citizenship landscape in Northern Ireland and could lead to hardened...
07
Jun

Joint statement: No Deal Emergency

CAJ and other members of the Brexit and Human Rights Working Group share concerns about the increased possibility of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. As representatives of Civil Society, we believe that Northern Ireland is on the brink of a No Deal Brexit emergency. In an evolving political landscape, a variety of factors indicate that the...
09
May

Opening Statement to the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU

Yesterday, CAJ was invited to appear before the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU to speak on citizenship rights in post-Brexit Northern Ireland. Also present were Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), and Professor Colin Harvey of Queen’s University Belfast. Below is...
Cover of the paragraph 52 briefing note
09
Apr

Briefing note: What happened to the ‘paragraph 52’ commitments for Irish citizens to continue to exercise EU rights, opportunities and benefits where residing in Northern Ireland?

Commitments made during the early stages of the Brexit process to protect the EU rights of Irish citizens in Northern Ireland have not been taken forward. BrexitLawNI has released a detailed briefing paper examining the fate of these commitments. Executive Summary Post-Brexit, Northern Ireland (NI) would be a jurisdiction outside of an EU member state...
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