2007 (15)
Dec 21 2007 11:35AM
No justice for the victims of Omagh bombing
Sir Ronnie Flanagan, former Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (and, subsequently, the Police Service of Northern Ireland) infamously once declared that he "would publicly commit suicide" if he believed the findings conta...
Dec 19 2007 8:45PM
Bill of Rights campaign goes online
The Human Rights Consortium launched its new website today, just in time for a crucial twelve months in the long-running campaign for a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights. I spoke briefly at the launch event for the new site at Revelation...
Dec 17 2007 12:46PM
Person of the Year 2007
Who's your human rights Person of the Year 2007? Kate Allen (Director of AIUK) successfully nominated Anas el-Banna for the New Statesman version of the Person of the Year 2007 award. Anas is a truly heroic 11 year-old boy who has just...
Dec 13 2007 6:08PM
Whose liberties?
Human rights lawyer, John Fitzpatrick, gave an inspiring talk on 11 December 2007 at Belfast Exposed Photography . : Taking Liberties? Immigration Policy and the Law. The gallery, as Patrick advertised in his recent post on this blog,...
Dec 11 2007 8:37AM
Tasers: what the lawyers told the Chief Constable
I previously reported how PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde had decided to ignore the advice of the Equality Commission to conduct a proper equality impact assessment before deploying Tasers in Northern Ireland. This followed his deci...
Dec 6 2007 1:21PM
Taking Liberties: Immigration Policy and the Law
Local photography gallery and community initiative, Belfast Exposed, has a great looking event happening next Tuesday 11 December, when they welcome "human rights lawyer John Fitzpatrick to a public discussion in the gallery to talk ab...
Nov 29 2007 2:24PM
We wont sell to Iran and Syria local military supplier outlines own export controls!
I visited our friends (ahem) at Global Armour , at their plant near Lisburn on Tuesday. The Northern Ireland company, which used to be called Highmark, was taken over a couple of years ago by the South African company, Global Armour, a...
Nov 29 2007 9:00AM
Northern Ireland hanged a prisoner for the last time in 1961...
The tide of history is flowing fast against the death penalty and this UN resolution is a big step forward. So far, 133 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. Only 25 countries actually carried out executions in...
Nov 15 2007 5:37PM
PSNI to ignore Equality Commission advice on Taser pilot
Thanks to a Freedom of Information inquiry from our friends at the Children's Law Centre, we can now see the very clear advice given by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland to the PSNI on the Chief Constable's proposed introduc...
Nov 8 2007 11:37AM
Human rights - divide and rule in NI
Our colleagues at CAJ (Committee on the Administration of Justice) present their own take on that Assembly debate where a number of MLAs chose to attack voluntary sector groups and human rights campaigners. CAJ's tempered but robust de...
Oct 24 2007 9:50PM
Burmese PM-in-exile in Belfast demands arms export controls
A busy day beckons tomorrow (Thursday) as the Burmese PM-in-exile, Dr Sein Win , arrives in town, with Amnesty as hosts. As well as a meeting with OFMDFM at Stormont Castle, there are party group meetings at the Assembly with represent...
Oct 17 2007 10:46PM
The Bill of Rights just got interesting
The Bill of Rights debate just got interesting this last week ... or at least a lot more people seemed to start to take an interest now that, at last, the hitherto slow pace of progress is quickening. First up was professional cynic an...
Oct 10 2007 10:41AM
Tasers - Chief Constable does about turn
Despite his commitment - only days ago - not to proceed with deployment of Tasers until human rights and equality concerns were met, Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has now done an about-turn and aims to pilot the devices regardless. The...
Aug 8 2007 6:42PM
Tiananmen hero bound for Belfast
Great news today that Shao Jiang, one of the student organisers of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, is bound for Belfast, to speak at an Amnesty conference next month. Shao spent years in prison in China for his human...
Jul 11 2007 11:58PM
The law cannot make a man love me, but...
It's the Eleventh Night, as it's known in Northern Ireland, the eve of the Twelfth of July when members and supporters of the Orange Order march to celebrate the victory of King William's forces over those of King James at the Battle o...