2014 (18)
Dec 9 2014 8:11PM
Paper trail: from Northern Ireland’s hooded men to CIA’s global torture
In August 1971 the UK authorities arrested and interned hundreds of men in Northern Ireland. Fourteen of them were selected for "special treatment" - torture in a specially-built interrogation centre at a British Army camp. The men wer...
Dec 1 2014 11:01AM
Time to end 40 years of impunity for torture of ‘Hooded Men’
I led an Amnesty International delegation to Belfast in 1971 to investigate allegations we had received of internees subjected to brutal physical interrogation methods combined with measures of ‘sensory deprivation’. Those were evident...
Oct 27 2014 2:39PM
Kincora Boys' Home: Inquiry is a betrayal of the abused
What is distinctive about the allegations surrounding Kincora Boys’ Home is not that child abuse took place. Sadly, that was all too commonplace in many children’s homes. What is uniquely shocking about Kincora are the allegations that...
Oct 23 2014 10:15AM
Amnesty release poll showing majority in Nothern Ireland back abortion law reforms in DOJ consultation
The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland has opened the public consultation on three specific changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion. Northern Ireland’s legislation in this area is very restricted with compared with the rest of th...
Oct 23 2014 10:08AM
Paul Conroy explaining why Syria is not only a dangerous place for journalists - at Belfast Festival
War photographers must be wired differently to the rest of us. They feel fear, yet they seem to suppress the instinct to do anything about it. They are calm in the middle of a disrupted and dangerous reality. Paul Conroy opened the Amn...
Oct 2 2014 11:10AM
Panti Bliss: Before I die I want to get married in Belfast!
But how long will she have to wait? Happy Belfast Pride! Thousands will take to the streets of Belfast later today for the city's annual Pride march, Ireland's largest. But Northern Ireland looks set to become an equality backwater for...
Jun 25 2014 2:12PM
Expect more 'local homes for local people' protests in Belfast
Expect to see more 'local homes for local people' protests in Belfast. Why would there not be, when the last one was so successful? Let's face the uncomfortable truth. Nigerian-born Michael Abiona was successfully intimidated from his...
Jun 10 2014 10:03AM
Ulster says no to racism
"I was a refugee from Hitler's Germany in 1939 and I have been so well treated in England and Northern Ireland, and I just want that for everybody" Inge Radford at Saturday's march Saturday afternoon in Belfast saw 8,000 people march t...
May 28 2014 3:47PM
I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
With the death of Maya Angelou , the world has lost a laureate of liberty. In tribute to Maya, here's her ode to freedom, 'Caged Bird'. A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his...
May 9 2014 1:23PM
#BringBackOurGirls & defend right to education
On April 14, over 200 girls, most of them aged between 16 and 18, were abducted as they slept, from their school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. More schoolgirls have been kidnapped since. All of these girls are missing, their wherea...
Apr 17 2014 5:02PM
Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better
Good Friday 1998 was a day of hope. After thirty years of violence, a new day seemed to be dawning as politicians embraced, then inked an agreement which held out the promise of lasting peace. As the Agreement turns sixteen, it is time...
Mar 24 2014 10:55AM
Archbishop Romero, Northern Ireland & the Right to the Truth
The United Nations has declared today (24th March) as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning gross human rights violations and for the dignity of victims. One of the purposes of the Day is to honour the memory of v...
Mar 12 2014 6:39PM
Obama and dealing with the past in Northern Ireland
Amnesty International is Washington DC this week - ahead of the visit by Northern Ireland political leaders to brief the US Adminsitration and key political figures in the Congress on what is needed to deal with the past in Northern Ir...
Feb 25 2014 7:43AM
Northern Ireland's victims must not be held hostage to flags and parades
In the teeth of multiple elections, can anyone seriously imagine that Northern Ireland’s political parties are going to agree compromises on emotive issues like flags and parades? Yet given the all-or-nothing approach that has been ado...
Feb 12 2014 4:37PM
Finucane: 25 years of waiting for the truth
Twenty-five years ago today, loyalist gunmen sledge-hammered their way into the Belfast home of lawyer Patrick Finucane and shot him dead in front of his wife and young children. Since then, compelling evidence has emerged to show that...
Feb 5 2014 9:51AM
Northern Ireland must embrace Haass on 'the past'
Standing on the shore at Newcastle during the recent tidal surges, I watched wave after wave crashing over the harbour wall. The wall, otherwise imposing on a clear day, seemed a puny human artifice as it was battered by the tide and o...
Jan 27 2014 11:03PM
Never Again - Holocaust Memorial Day 2014
Speech delivered by Patrick Corrigan at Holocaust Memorial Day event held by North Down Borough Council, Northern Ireland – June 27 2014 Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is an honour to address you all and especially t...
Jan 20 2014 1:05PM
Human trafficking: Not here, not there, not anywhere
Guest post from Rowena McCaughan, a work experience student from Methodist College Belfast: There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world today who are victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking...