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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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NIHRC FUNDING WELCOME BUT GOVT ATTITUDES TO HUMAN RIGHTS NEED TO CHANGE

19 September 2023

The Human Rights Consortium has welcomed the publication of the report by the Independent Review of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission which has highlighted the serious underfunding of the Commission and highlighted the need to provide a sufficient base line budget for its work. Kevin Hanratty, Director of the Human Rights Consortium a civil […]

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Recruitment : Administration and Finance Officer

12 June 2023

The Human Rights Consortium wishes to recruit for the following position: Administration and Finance Officer (F/T 35 HRS per week) £25,874 to £27,852 per annum pensionable. Contracted to 31st Dec 2024 with possibility of extension. The Job Description, Person Specification, Application form and Monitoring Form for this post are available to download below. Closing date […]

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Government betrays Good Friday Agreement on Bill of Rights

06 April 2023

The failure of the UK Government to implement a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland is a betrayal of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, according to civil society organisations in Northern Ireland. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Agreement, the Human Rights Consortium and 61 other civil society organisations from across Northern Ireland […]

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Illegal Migration Bill – Joint Briefing

29 March 2023

The Human Rights Consortium and the Public Interest Litigation Support (PILS) Project have published a joint briefing on the Illegal Migration Bill condemning it as “immoral, unworkable and  – as identified in its title – illegal”. The Bill would remove the ability to claim asylum for those who enter the UK “irregularly”, fundamentally breaching the […]

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NI Civil Society Joint submission to UN Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee

23 February 2023

The Human Rights Consortium has worked collaboratively with a number of our member-organisations to develop a joint civil society parallel report to the United Nations in advance of the review of the United Kingdom under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 2023.   A range of Northern Ireland civil society […]

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ICESCR – Civil Society Shadow report

25 October 2022

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) commits signatory states to uphold a range of rights within their jurisdiction, including the right to an adequate standard of living, the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, work, social security, education and cultural life. As a signatory of ICESCR the United Kingdom is reviewed by […]

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Rights Removal Bill – Gone But Not Forgotten

29 September 2022

We were encouraged to see that the so-called ‘Rights Removal Bill’ (RRB), which would have repealed the Human Rights Act (HRA) and undermined many of our rights protections, has been dropped from the UK Government’s legislative agenda for the foreseeable future. The Bill contained a wide range of proposals intended to discourage rights-based scrutiny of […]

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UK LEGISLATION CONDEMNED AS RIGHTS REMOVAL BILL

22 June 2022

The Human Rights Consortium have issued the following statement condemning the introduction in Westminster today of legislation that will remove the Human Rights Act and undermine human rights across the UK. — The UK governments attempts to introduce a Bill to remove and limit the exercise of existing human rights across the UK has been […]

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The Queen’s Speech and Human Rights

27 May 2022

The Queen’s Speech and Human Rights The Queen’s Speech opening a new session of Parliament was delivered on the 10 May. It presented a lengthy list of legislative proposals that the government intends to take forward in this next session of Parliament. Unfortunately, the speech contained some very unwelcome announcements from a human rights perspective. We […]

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