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2010 (23)
Dec 27 2010 11:04PM
Obituary: Professor Kevin Boyle

Many in Northern Ireland and much further afield will be deeply saddened to hear news of the the death of Professor Kevin Boyle, who passed away yesterday. Prof. Boyle was one of the UK and Ireland’s leading human rights academics, as...

Jul 27 2010 1:02PM
Belfast Pride 2010: what we learned last night

A great evening in the Europa Hotel. Senator David Norris delivering the Amnesty International Belfast Pride Lecture, followed by Pride Talks Back, when Norris joined local politicians and the Rev David McIlveen of the Free...

Jul 26 2010 2:03PM
Gay rights champion Senator David Norris at Belfast Pride

Really looking forward to meeting Senator David Norris later. I'm meeting him off the Dublin train this afternoon, in anticipation of the Amnesty International Belfast Pride Lecture later in the Europa Hotel. Senator Norris at the...

Jul 6 2010 12:24PM
Amartya Sen on The Idea of Justice

Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof Amartya Sen is in Belfast to pick up an honorary degree from Queen's University Belfast. The university was kind enough to extend invitations to me and about 20 other Amnesty members to attend a small...

Jun 4 2010 12:40PM
Rescuing Gaza: why world must stand up for justice

A version of thie piece appears in today's Belfast Telegraph. It's not currently in the online edition so am posting below instead: One of my friend Mairead Maguire's favourite items of clothing is an old t-shirt. It bears the image of...

May 28 2010 5:31PM
Northern Ireland: truth comes dropping slow

Depressing news in Belfast this afternoon as a man is shot dead in broad daylight by two masked men on the Shankill Road, while a pipe-bomb explodes outside a Sinn Fein office in Castlewellan. You would think that some people don't...

May 26 2010 10:52AM
Peace processes and the role of national human rights institutions

Peace processes and the role of national human rights institutions – that's the theme of a lecture to be delivered next month by Northern Ireland's Chief Commissioner for Human Rights, Prof Monica McWilliams. The lecture will explore...

May 17 2010 5:46PM
Celebrating Africa Day - in Belfast

Live in or near Belfast and looking for something different to do this Saturday? How about celebrating Africa Day with some authentic African food, music and dancing, courtesy of local charity Camara, colleagues of Amnesty in CADA (the...

May 14 2010 5:55PM
International Day Against Homophobia - Belfast

International Day Against Homophobia is on Monday. Changing Attitude Ireland are holding an event in Belfast to mark the occasion this Sunday. It's a service on on the theme "OPEN DOORS" on Sunday 16th May 2010 at 3pm in St. George’s...

May 14 2010 1:14PM
The Belfast Slave Ship Company

In 1786, a meeting was organised by a merchant called Waddell Cunningham just returned to Belfast from New York where he’d made his fortune in trade. The meeting was held in the Assembly rooms (the old Northern Bank building) on...

May 13 2010 2:19PM
Re-conceptualising Fair Trial Rights for the 21st Century

The QUB Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice Annual Lecture will take place on Thursday 20th May at 5.30pm, in Room 121, Lanyon Building. This year the theme is: “Re-conceptualising Fair Trial Rights for the 21st Century” and...

May 6 2010 10:29AM
Voting for human rights

This General Election matters for human rights around the world. It's true that no-one’s going to force any of us to vote one way or another, or lock us up for speaking out on behalf of our particular political favourite. But human...

Apr 23 2010 5:55PM
Love thy neighbour as thyself? Rights & religion.

Are rights and religion natural partners with an overlapping worldview, or arch-enemies with conflicting interpretations of how we live with our neighbours near and far. Two-and-a-half years ago, I couldn't spare the two days to attend...

Apr 21 2010 1:02PM
Corporate accountability and human rights abuses

Is it only States which have a responsibility to uphold human rights? What about companies – especially these days when some multinationals have annual turnovers larger than the Gross Domestic Product of some countries? That's the...

Mar 10 2010 5:09PM
MacDermott Lecture 2010 - Supreme Court judge on Equality

The MacDermott Lecture 2010 is one of the key annual legal events at Queen's University Belfast. This year, it will be delivered by Lady Brenda Hale, Justice of the UK's Supreme Court on the theme “Equality”. The lecture takes place on...

Mar 10 2010 10:42AM
Middle East - Belfast events

I've received notification of a few forthcoming (non-Amnesty) events in Belfast related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which could well be of interest to AI supporters. First up is this afternoon at 4pm in Queen's University...

Feb 24 2010 10:53AM
Securing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

Prof Colin Harvey, a member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Head of the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast (and Amnesty member!), gave a comprehensive speech in London this week on the proposed Northern...

Jan 29 2010 3:13PM
Human Rights in Haiti: Belfast seminar

Paige Jennings, who used to be an Amnesty researcher on Haiti and a former UN human rights observer there, recently blogged here about the situation post-earthquake. She'll be giving further reflections in person next week in a seminar...

Jan 29 2010 9:50AM
Northern Ireland offered pale shadow of Bill of Rights

Published today in the Belfast Telegraph: -------------------------------------------------------- Colin Harvey is dead right in his assertion that – whatever the outcome of the discussions over the devolution of policing and justice...

Jan 28 2010 11:17AM
Equality for all must now be set in Stormont stone

With permission, I'm reproducing the excellent opinion piece in today's Belfast Telegraph by Prof Colin Harvey, Amnesty member and Commissioner on the NI Human Rights Commission. This is a cut down and reworked version of a feature...