LGBTQIA+ Rights and International Human Rights Standards

07 June 2024

Do you know how international human rights treaties could help deliver progress for LGBTQIA+ rights? Do you know your CEDAW from your UNCRPD? If not, watch this webinar and discover how you can use them to bring about change! This event was hosted by the Consortium as part of the LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week programme and […]

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Human Rights Consortium publishes view on Safeguarding the Union

05 June 2024

We have today launched a briefing on the Safeguarding the Union package. This provides a civil society perspective on its contents and its implications for human rights and equality protections under the Windsor Framework. The Safeguarding the Union package consists of a Command Paper and three Statutory Instruments and is the product of negotiations between […]

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Resisting the Rwanda Act Strategies and Implications for Northern Ireland

04 June 2024

Watch the recording of a critical discussion of the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act to explore its consequences for human rights protections in Northern Ireland and the opportunities for challenging it. This recorded event provides the opportunity to explore the legal, political, and lived experience impacts of the legislation in the wider context […]

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HRC Welcomes High Court’s Judgement on the Illegal Migration Act

13 May 2024

The Human Rights Consortium welcomes today’s judgement from the High Court disapplying multiple provisions of the Illegal Migration Act in Northern Ireland due to their incompatibility with the Windsor Framework and declaring provisions incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.   The challenge was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) alongside an […]

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Human Rights Consortium says government should abandon cruel Rwanda policy

23 April 2024

The Human Rights Consortium has expressed profound concern as the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Act passed its final stages in Parliament. This Act breaches the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement through attacks on the European Convention on Human Rights and disregard shown to the rights protections afforded by the Windsor Framework, contradicting the UK’s established […]

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Strengthening Civil Society Impact on Westminster in the Years Ahead – Cardiff Conference

19 April 2024

In March, over 90 civil society leaders from across the United Kingdom convened in Cardiff for the third 4 Nations Civil Society Conference. Organised by the Welsh Consortium for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and Wales Governance Centre in partnership with the Civil Society Alliance (CSA) and the Human Rights Consortiums in Northern Ireland and Scotland, the conference […]

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Civil society call on Prime Minister to abandon Rwanda Bill

21 March 2024

Fifteen civil society organisations from Northern Ireland, coordinated by the Human Rights Consortium and The PILS Project, wrote to the Prime Minister on 20th March calling on him to withdraw the potentially unlawful Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill. The letter highlighted our concerns that the bill violates the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the […]

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Human Rights Consortium Reacts to High Court Judgment on the Legacy Act

29 February 2024

The Human Rights Consortium, a coalition of 160 NGOs dedicated to a rights based society, welcomes the significant ruling yesterday in the High Court that the immunity provisions of the Legacy Act breach the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and Article 2 of the Windsor Framework. This ruling underscores the ongoing importance of Article […]

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Statement on the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly

05 February 2024

The Human Rights Consortium has welcomed the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly and has called for the Executive to place the progression of human rights in Northern Ireland as a core priority of its work. The two-year absence of the Assembly has compounded existing challenges and inequalities faced by people in Northern Ireland. The […]

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Rwanda Bill: An Attack on Fundamental Rights

08 December 2023

The UK government this week introduced the ‘Safety of Rwanda Bill’ to limit the use of human rights laws to challenge their attempts to automatically remove asylum seekers to Rwanda. The Human Rights Consortium has criticized the introduction of the Bill as a violation of basic human rights guarantees of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, the […]

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