Belfast and Beyond | Archive 2009 November | Amnesty International UK
November 2009 (19)
Nov 27 2009 11:49AM
The Vicious Cycle
My essay topic for my Human Rights 1 class in my master's course is how the law on derogations balances human rights and security when it comes to terrorism in international human rights law. Working on it, I find myself increasingly f...
Nov 26 2009 9:54PM
Child abuse, Archbishop McQuaid & Bunreacht na hÉireann
This blog has previously visited the issue of the vast extent of child abuse perpetrated and covered up by representatives of the Catholic Church in Ireland. More of the truth – of widespread rape of children and a subsequent blanket o...
Nov 26 2009 10:42AM
The next time someone tells you to shut up...
What does 'freedom of expression' really mean? Does it mean, as held by the European Court of Human Rights, that while a person is guaranteed the freedom to say whatever they like, without discrimination, they are not entitled to a pla...
Nov 23 2009 10:09PM
All hail the Sluggers! Now let's free the bloggers!
I hope to get along to the Slugger Awards tomorrow evening in Belfast. This is the (second) annual gathering of Northern Ireland's political bloggers, politicians, campaigners and journalists to celebrate the sometimes uneasy coming to...
Nov 17 2009 5:34PM
The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy
I know that many of you will have heard of the infamous School of the Americas , the US military training camp located in Fort Benning, Georgia, which specialises in training officers from Latin American countries. Since its creation i...
Nov 11 2009 9:57PM
Remembrance Day: remembering those who objected
It's nearing the end of Remembrance Day. I'm going to take the opportunity to remember some people who are normally forgotten: the refuseniks, the conscientious objectors, those who refuse to fight and kill. These are the people, as ob...
Nov 11 2009 11:03AM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: the unfinished business of inquiries
This is the last installment in the review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture.Comments welcome on this o...
Nov 10 2009 10:34AM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: dealing with the past  
Continuing the review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ---------------------------------------------...
Nov 9 2009 5:24PM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: human rights vs good relations?
Continuing the review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ---------------------------------------------...
Nov 9 2009 5:01PM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: on Section 75
Continuing the review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ---------------------------------------------...
Nov 9 2009 1:51PM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: on inequality and poverty
Continuing the review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ---------------------------------------------...
Nov 9 2009 10:17AM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: on the human rights & equality commissions
Continuing the review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ---------------------------------------------...
Nov 6 2009 3:22PM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: on the Bill of Rights
Continuing my review ( link to the complete series ) of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. Here he reflects on the campaign to secure a Bi...
Nov 6 2009 1:30PM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: on the criminal justice system
Continuing review of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ------------------------------------------------- O'Brien has harsh words about th...
Nov 6 2009 11:10AM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: Martin O'Brien on policing
Continuing review of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. ------------------------------------------------- Ten years on from the Commission...
Nov 6 2009 10:21AM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: Martin O'Brien on human rights globally
Continuing review of Martin O'Brien's speech on 'Human rights and the Agreement: how far have we come? ', the 2009 Stephen Livingstone memorial lecture. To what extent have the lessons of developing peace and justice in Northern Irelan...
Nov 6 2009 9:47AM
The Stephen Livingstone lecture: Martin O'Brien on securing human rights
I previously previewed Martin O'Brien 's delivery of the Stephen Livingstone annual memorial lecture, delivered two weeks ago at Queen's University Belfast. It was a hugely impressive speech, ranging over an array of issues of current...
Nov 5 2009 2:13PM
Bill of Rights: let's hear the people
Nearly eleven months on from the handover of the NI Human Rights Commission advice on the Bill to the Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward has still failed to carry out any consultation with the public on the Bill, Via Tuesday’s debate a...
Nov 2 2009 10:52AM
Noam Chomsky is a worried man
Noam Chomsky is a worried man. The war in Afghanistan? Yes. Crisis in the Middle East? Of course. Species survival in light of the threats of environmental catastrophe and nuclear weapons? Aren't we all? All that too, but, as I drive h...