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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nov 22 2013 5:01PM
Northern Ireland: The Choice

"We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group." That's the chilling admission from a former member of the Military Reaction Force, a shadowy undercover unit of the British Army which operated in...

Nov 14 2013 1:27PM
Deniers, amnesiacs and stonewallers: step aside. Time to deal with the past in Northern Ireland

The deniers, amnesiacs, refuseniks and blockers have been out in force of late. Anne Cadwallader’s book, Lethal Allies, documenting collusion in over one hundred loyalist killings was received with predictable, knee-jerk denials among...

Nov 7 2013 9:20AM
Commonwealth chief (and Queen's University Belfast Chancellor) under fire over Sri Lankan abuses

Kamalesh Sharma, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth - and Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast - is under fire after being accused of withholding crucial legal advice that could have prevented Sri Lanka from hosting the...

Sep 12 2013 5:02PM
Dealing with the past – for Northern Ireland’s future

As Richard Haass, the one-time American peace envoy to Northern Ireland, gets ready to make a return visit - this time like a lone US cavalry man coming to rescue our politicians from themselves – one of the big three issues his Talks...

Aug 19 2013 1:08PM
Peru’s prison conditions – a state of emergency

Whether ultimately found innocent or guilty, Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum Connolly and Scot, Melissa Reid, face the prospect of a lengthy stay in Peru’s overcrowded and under-resourced prison system. In fact there are twice as...

Aug 15 2013 1:42PM
Omagh. Time for truth.

Do you remember where you were when you heard about Omagh? I do. My future wife and I were down South on holiday. When the news came on the car radio – and with every bulletin, it became worse – we could hardly believe our ears. Hadn’t...

Jun 17 2013 7:51AM
G8 must put rights at heart of decisions

Speech delivered by Amnesty's Patrick Corrigan on Saturday from the platform in front of Belfast City Hall as part of the March for a Fairer World, marking the G8 summit, to be held in Northern Ireland this week: "We are here today in...

Jan 21 2013 11:59AM
King 1963: I have a dream. Obama 2013: I have a drone

In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and gave his famous "I have a dream" speech. Today, fifty years on, in tribute to the great civil rights leader, the US marks Martin Luther...

Jan 15 2013 5:12PM
Northern Ireland: time for the 'rights' solution

Over the last six months Northern Ireland has experienced three outbreaks of serious public disorder. In July and September it was over parades. The latest and most prolonged has been, at least on the face of it, over flags. On neither...

Nov 21 2012 11:46AM
China: challenges for the new leaders – and our own

About 130 million people voted in the recent US elections. In contrast, just 2,270 delegates to the Chinese Communist Party Congress met to choose the new leadership of the world’s most populous country. While the Chinese leaders met...

Oct 10 2012 8:52AM
Death penalty-free world?

We’re winning! That’s not a claim you may hear too often from human rights activists, but in the case of the global struggle against the death penalty, it’s true. The momentum around the world is towards ending executions. The vast...