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21
Jun

Just News June 2022

Inside this issue: We examine whether academic freedom is under threat in Northern Ireland in our cover story. Elsewhere, we highlight new research from the Women’s Policy Group NI (WPG), which shows the impact of violence against women and girls in NI. We also look at other pressing rights issues in additional articles, such as...
17
Apr

Submission on the UK’s Fifth State Report under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

CAJ has drafted a detailed submission in response to the Fifth State Report of the UK under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). Our response provides commentary on the UK’s commitments in relation to Northern Ireland. It focuses on a number of different key areas including: Irish language legislation; Ulster Scots...
14
Mar

Submission to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council consultation on dual language street signage

In 2018, the Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council voted for an ‘English only’ street signage policy. CAJ and Conradh na Gaeilge (CnaG) advised the Council that this policy was unlawful, but it was only withdrawn in the face of Judicial Review proceedings. Another draft policy was withdrawn in 2019 after major concerns were again raised....
03
Mar

Response to Consultation on the Revised Recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner

In January 2022, the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner published Revised Recommendations for public consultation on the number, boundaries, and names of the 11 local government districts, as well as the wards into which each district is sub-divided. This submission is a joint response to the revised recommendations from CAJ and Conradh na Gaeilge (CnaG). In...
25
Feb

Submission on Belfast City Council’s proposed policy on dual language street signs

CAJ has responded to the consultation held by Belfast City Council on the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of its proposed policy on dual language street signs. While we welcome some elements of the new policy – including the aim of the policy being expressly tied to promoting minority language rights and linguistic diversity – we...
14
Jun

CAJ and Conradh na Gaelige welcome decision by Stormont Standards Commissioner to investigate DUP Minister for no-show at North South Language Body

Rights NGOs, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) and Conradh na Gaelige, have today welcomed the decision by the Northern Ireland Assembly Commissioner for Standards, Dr Melissa McCullough, to investigate a breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct by Junior Minister Gordon Lyons MLA. The complaint relates to the failure of Mr Lyons...
30
Apr

Submission to the 2021 independent review of local government boundaries and names

The Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 provides for the periodic appointment of a Local Government Boundaries Commissioner to review the names of the district councils and wards within Northern Ireland. The latest review launched in February 2021, with an invitation for proposals. CAJ and leading Irish language NGO, Conradh na Gaeilge (CnaG), wrote to...
08
Feb

Submission responding to the UK’s latest update on its compliance with European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

CAJ has provided comment on the UK’s official response to the 5th report on its adherence to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML). Our submission is limited to commentary on the UK’s commitments in Northern Ireland  under the ECRML, namely those related to the promotion and protection of Irish and Ulster Scots....
04
Feb

Analysis of the New Decade, New Approach agreement

After three years in the political wilderness, Northern Ireland once again has a functioning devolved government sitting at Stormont. A new cross-party deal, published in January 2020, paved the way for the restoration of the NI Assembly and Executive. The New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) agreement was announced by the Irish and British governments on...
15
Mar

Local Councils, Obligations and the Irish Language: A Framework for Compliance

Working with Conradh na Gaeilge and Ulster University, we have produced a report documenting how commitments made by the UK government in relation to the Irish language have been put into practice by councils in Northern Ireland. Local councils have an important role to play in fulfilling state duties in relation to the Irish language....
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