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A Celebration of Maggie McBride – NIHRF 2023

06 December 2023

We at the Consortium formally dedicate the 2023 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival in memory of our good friend and colleague Maggie McBride and send our best wishes and love to all her friends and family. Maggie McBride was the Administrator at the Human Rights Consortium for over 16 years, from 2006 until her sudden […]

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Universal Periodic Review submission

04 April 2022

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism at the United Nations (UN) to examine each Member State’s compliance with human rights and humanitarian obligations. The United Kingdom will be reviewed under the UPR process in 2022. Civil society organisations across the UK had the opportunity to make submissions to that process up until the […]

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TCA and Rights – HRC Briefing Paper

15 March 2021

After a very protracted process the EU and UK finally agreed to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on Christmas Eve 2020. The TCA document itself runs to over 1,200 pages and contains many important elements that relate to the future UK approach to human rights. To distil some of these elements the Consortium has […]

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Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2020

07 December 2020

This year’s festival will run from the 7th –11th December and continues to offer a wide variety of more than 30 FREE online events and on-demand content focussed on different aspects of human rights from home and abroad. 2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year for everyone across the world. The Covid-19 global pandemic has created a massive public health emergency, […]

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

19 November 2020

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 […]

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Economic and Social Rights in Northern Ireland: Models of Enforceability

04 November 2020

  The Human Rights Consortium has today launched a report entitled Economic and Social Rights in Northern Ireland: Models of Enforceability. The report, commissioned by the Consortium and authored by a team of academics lead by the Human Rights Centre at Queens University Belfast seeks to explore a spectrum of models for enforcement of Economic and […]

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Internal Market Bill – Briefing Note

10 September 2020

The UK Government has now published its United Kingdom Internal Market Bill amidst massive public, political and civil society reaction in the wake of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis admitting that the Bill would allow the UK to break from International Law. ‘yes, this does break international law in a very specific […]

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COVID CONVERSATIONS: Domestic Abuse: When Home is Not a Safe Space

13 July 2020

13 August 2020, 10 am Second in a series of webinars examining human rights issues that have been brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. About this Event Before COVID-19 hit domestic incidents in Northern Ireland were at a 15 year high. The situation has worsened since the enforcement of lockdown. Since 1 April […]

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COMMUNITY CALLS FOR STORMONT TO DELIVER BILL OF RIGHTS

24 February 2020

New Assembly committee expected to be set up on Monday Community organisations, charities, trade unions and academics have written to the First and deputy First Minister and other party leaders urging them to ensure that a new Committee established under the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) agreement is the final stage of agreeing a Bill […]

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Brexit, Devolution & Civil Society Conference Report

13 November 2019

In May of this year the Consortium hosted a major conference in Belfast in collaboration with colleagues from the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit and the Civil Society Brexit Project in Scotland. The Brexit and Devolution conference brought NGO colleagues, academics and politicians together from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to […]

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