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24
Mar

Conference report – PSNI@20: Human Rights Reflections on Policing Reform North and South

On 5 November 2022, CAJ held a joint conference with ICCL to reflect on policing reform on the island of Ireland. ‘PSNI@20: Human Rights Reflections on Policing Reform North and South’ was a hybrid event held in the Great Hall at Queen’s University Belfast, featuring a range of expert speakers. It took place following the...
24
Mar

Experts call for radical overhaul of police accountability and intelligence oversight

Two leading human rights organisations on the island will today call for better oversight of police intelligence. With key reform legislation before the Oireachtas, CAJ and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) have assembled international experts on accountability and intelligence. Policy makers, practitioners and academics will also call on An Garda Síochána and the...
15
Feb

Police Reform North and South: Learning from the past and planning for the future

A second joint seminar from ICCL and CAJ to reflect on policing reform on the island of Ireland, building on discussions at our prior event held last year. When: 9.15am to 5pm, Thursday 24 March 2022 Where: Westin Hotel, Dublin OR virtual Following on from our ‘PSNI@20’ conference in November 2021, CAJ and ICCL are...
11
Oct

PSNI@20: Human Rights Reflections on Policing Reform North and South

A joint seminar from ICCL and CAJ to reflect on policing reform on the island of Ireland, featuring a range of expert speakers. When: 9.30am to 1.30pm Friday 5 November 2021 Where: Great Hall, QUB, BT7 1NN Police reform and oversight has been an essential pillar of the NI peace process from the 1990s onwards....
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....
03
Mar

Chief Constable criticised for spit hoods roll-out in defiance of Policing Board

Amnesty International, CAJ, Children’s Law Centre, and Include Youth have criticised a decision by the Chief Constable of the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) to give spit hoods to 4,000 more officers in defiance of the Policing Board and in light of the possible increased risk of Covid-19 infection to both police and members of...
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...
01
May

PSNI agree to release Walker Report to human rights group

Freedom of Information Tribunal Hearing 1-2 May CAJ v Information Commissioner & Chief Constable PSNI The 1980 ‘Walker Report’ on RUC Special Branch informant handling Proceedings were adjourned today 1 May 2018 before a sitting of the First Tier (Information Rights) Tribunal in Belfast when an agreement was reached between the PSNI, ICO and human...

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