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Northern Ireland: Latest rejection of UK government's 'Troubles' plans must be a 'wake-up call'

Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, has written to the NI Secretary of State over UK government plans to introduce a ‘broad based and unconditional’ amnesty for NI conflict related abuses Amnesty International UK and a group of victims recently met with the commissioner to raise their opposition to the proposals ‘The UK government finds itself increasingly isolated on the international stage with its intent to sacrifice the rights of victims to protect perpetrators of human rights abuses’ – Grainne Teggart Amnesty International and ‘Troubles’ victims have welcomed

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Ireland: women still forced to seek abortion abroad is 'unacceptable'

March for choice in Dublin, Ireland, 26 September, 2015
March for choice in Dublin, Ireland, 26 September, 2015 © Amnesty International Ireland

Responding to statistics published today by the UK Department of Health and Social care revealing that almost 200 women and girls were forced to travel from Ireland to access abortion services in England and Wales last year, Colm O Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “The fact that almost 200 women were forced to travel in the middle of a global pandemic shows that people are clearly still falling through cracks in Ireland’s abortion law. “There are clear gaps and barriers in this law preventing pregnant people from accessing the healthcare they need in Ireland

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Northern Ireland: Civil society groups brief Biden Transition Team on Brexit threat to human rights and equality

Briefing note for the Biden-Harris Transition Team: Brexit and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement, human rights and equality laws in Northern Ireland Representatives of civic society groups from across the island of Ireland welcome the President-elect’s continued support for the Good Friday Agreement, most recently reaffirmed in his congratulatory calls with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Respect for the Good Friday Agreement will need to ensure no Border infrastructure, but much more than that. It is also a peace agreement and a basis for ensuring no

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Ireland: Amnesty in 'Refugees Welcome' partnership with Bohemian FC

Amnesty Ireland have partnered with Dublin’s Bohemian Football Club to call for an end to the country's Direct Provision system. The League of Ireland Premier Division team’s new away shirt highlights the ‘Refugees Welcome’ campaign, and also features the slogan ‘Love Football, Hate Racism’ on the collar. Direct Provision is a system of asylum-seeker accommodation used in Ireland Direct Provision was designed as a short-term emergency measure, where individuals were expected to spend no longer than six months while their asylum application was processed. It has instead become a system where

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Ireland: Historic day for women as Istanbul Convention ratified

The Irish government has today ratified the Istanbul Convention to ensure better protection and support for victims of gender-based violence against women. Fiona Crowley, Research and Legal Manager for Amnesty International Ireland, said: “It is fitting to be marking International Women’s Day this year with the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, which we hope will have a real impact on the lives of women in Ireland. We also hope this move inspires other European countries, and the EU, to do the same. “2018 was an historic year for women’s rights in Ireland, with the removal of the

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Ireland: Abortion bill welcomed but 'significant flaws' in legislation remain

Ireland Votes In Favour of Law Reform In Abortion Referendum
Ireland Votes In Favour of Law Reform In Abortion Referendum © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘Women have waited 35 years for this’ – Colm O’Gorman Amnesty International has welcomed the passing of the bill to legalise abortion services in Ireland but warned that ‘significant flaws’ in the legislation give rise to serious concerns. The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) yesterday and will now go to the President to sign it into law. Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International Ireland’s Executive Director, said: “We welcome the passage of this bill, and fully appreciate the importance of its enactment by year’s end

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UK/Ireland: today's negative decision by European Court in hooded men case is 'bitter blow'

Grainne Teggart with some of the 'hooded men' © Amnesty International

‘The torture of these men was approved at the highest level of Government’ - Grainne Teggart Amnesty International has described as a “bitter blow” a decision published today by a panel of five judges of the European Court of Human Rights to reject a request to refer the 1978 Ireland v United Kingdom “hooded men” torture case to the Grand Chamber. In March, a Chamber of the European Court had declined to revise the 1978 decision that the treatment to which the UK subjected 14 “hooded men” in Northern Ireland in 1971 did not amount to torture. Ireland then sought a referral of this decision to

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Taoiseach pledges to help end discrimination against LGBT people in Northern Ireland

Patrick Corrigan speaking at a marriage equality event in Belfast earlier this month © Brendan Harkin/Love Equality

Campaigners welcome commitment and call on Theresa May to intervene on marriage equality ‘The UK government has turned its back on the LGBT+ community here’ - Patrick Corrigan Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed a pledge by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to work to end discrimination against LGBT+ people in Northern Ireland. At an event in Dublin Castle yesterday (Sunday) evening celebrating 25 years to the day of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, the Irish prime minister said: “In the United Nations and around the world, I as Taoiseach and Ministers will speak up for LGBT

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Ireland: abortion referendum is historic opportunity to vote for equality and end the 'exile of women'

Chance to repeal the Eighth Amendment in Ireland and end women’s suffering “must not be missed” Northern Ireland also subject to restrictive abortion laws – Amnesty calls on UK government to ensure that “no woman on the island of Ireland is left behind” On Friday (25 May), Ireland will have a once in a generation opportunity to right a historic wrong and give Irish women the right to decide what happens to their bodies, Amnesty International said today ahead of this week’s referendum on abortion. The long fought-for referendum will give Irish people a chance to vote to remove a constitutional

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UK/Ireland: Hooded men torture ruling is 'very disappointing', says Amnesty

Amnesty International is disappointed at the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling refusing to revise its 1978 conclusion that the treatment to which the United Kingdom subjected the 14 ‘hooded men’ in Northern Ireland did not amount to torture. It is important to note that today’s Court ruling is not a statement that the ‘five techniques’ do not constitute torture as it is legally defined today. In its 1978 landmark Ireland v UK judgement, in a case taken against the UK by the Irish Government, the Court had found that the UK violated the men’s rights to be free from inhuman and degrading

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