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 disappearanc...
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 straigh...
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 repe...
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 repe...
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 acrimo...
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. Th...
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 th...
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 consci...
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...
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 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...
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