Sep 17 2018 2:32PM
Northern Ireland’s increasing problem with racism

Northern Ireland has a racism problem. This guest blog by Michael Walker explores the extent of the problem and argues for legislative change.

Sep 17 2018 11:55AM
Day of the Disappeared

Tomorrow is the twenty-fifth International Day of the Disappeared. Amnesty International has put together a two-minute campaign video highlighting the problem of enforced disappearances, emphasising the distress and grief...

Sep 7 2018 5:40PM
Free press under threat in Northern Ireland as journalists arrested

In two parts of the world this week, journalists found themselves behind bars for helping expose the involvement of security forces in the massacre of civilians. When it happened in Myanmar, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was...

Jan 17 2018 12:04PM
Reform of veto is key to restoring Stormont and delivering rights

One year on from the collapse of Stormont, Patrick Corrigan argues for a reform which would restore devolved government to Northern Ireland and its ability to legislate on rights issues

Apr 6 2017 1:10PM
A solution to the Gordian knot of dealing with the past in Northern Ireland?

The Gordian knot is a legendary puzzle associated with Alexander the Great, famed for its near impossibility to unravel. Dealing with the past has become Northern Ireland’s Gordian knot, a problem which has proven intractable over...

Apr 6 2017 1:02PM
A solution to the Gordian knot of dealing with the past in Northern Ireland?

The Gordian knot is a legendary puzzle associated with Alexander the Great, famed for its near impossibility to unravel. Dealing with the past has become Northern Ireland’s Gordian knot, a problem which has proven intractable over...

Mar 2 2017 10:15AM
Northern Ireland election 2017: implications for human rights

Northern Ireland goes to the polls today (Thursday) to elect new members of the Assembly at Stormont. If this feels like déjà vu to you, you’d be right. Voters elected a new Assembly less than ten months ago. But it collapsed in...

Mar 24 2016 8:09PM
This Good Friday take a moment to save the Human Rights Act

On Good Friday eighteen years ago something rather amazing happened. An agreement was signed that brought to an end decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. Now the UK Government is proposing to scrap the Human Rights Act and...

Feb 8 2016 11:27AM
Northern Ireland: Contact your MLA to urge a vote for abortion law reform

A number of amendments have been proposed to the law in Northern Ireland which, if passed, may allow women to access abortions in circumstances of a fatal foetal abnormality, or where the pregnancy was as a result of rape or incest...

May 20 2015 9:28AM
#LetsMakeHistory on #marriageequality - for Ireland and the world

The Republic of Ireland gets the chance to make history on Friday. That’s when people go to the polls in a referendum on changing the Irish constitution to allow same-sex marriage. If a majority opt for Yes, then Ireland will become...

Mar 20 2015 5:12PM
Truth and justice ‘come dropping slow’ – in memory of Gerry McKerr

By Kartik Raj, EU Campaigner/Researcher at Amnesty International. Gerry McKerr, one of the “Hooded Men” – a name now used to describe the group of detainees subjected to the UK security forces’ infamous “Five Techniques” of...

Feb 20 2015 4:35PM
1861 and All That - updating Northern Ireland's abortion law

Guest blog from Stephanie Weir, a sixth-former from Portadown College who has been on work experience with Amnesty International in Belfast this week. There is no denying that abortion is a complex issue, but forcing a woman to...

Feb 6 2015 9:33AM
"Your moral compass is broken." Opposing Northern Ireland's anti-gay 'conscience clause'

Excerpt of speech given by Amnesty International's Patrick Corrigan at a rally at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 31 January, against a "conscience clause" Bill proposed in the Northern Ireland Assembly: “What is proposed is not a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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