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A Rights Based Northern Ireland – Election 2017

23 May 2017

The Human Rights Consortium has presented a series of challenges to parties and candidates running in the 2017 Westminster elections in Northern Ireland. ‘A Rights Based Northern Ireland’ is an outline of the human rights and equality priorities the Consortium believes that political parties should be pursuing in order to make Northern Ireland a more human rights based society. […]

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Conference: “Brexit: Charting a Way Forward – A Civil Society Dialogue”

12 May 2017

The EU draft guidelines on the forthcoming EU-UK negotiations make it clear that the EU is open to finding ‘flexible and imaginative solutions’ which reflect the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland. The potential threat that Brexit represents to rights and equalities, the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, the border and the economy in Northern Ireland have been […]

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The UPR Examination of the UK – 4 May 2017

05 May 2017

On Thursday 4 May the UK had to defend its human rights record before other Member States of the UN. The UK was grilled on a diverse range of issues including plans to replace the Human Rights Act 1998, racism and hate crimes, corporal punishment and violence against women and girls. What is the UPR? […]

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Universal Periodic Review of the UK – Live Stream and Breakfast

07 April 2017

  On 4 May the United Kingdom will be reviewed for compliance with its human rights obligations by the United Nations through a mechanism known as the Universal Periodic Review. This review will be live streamed which will allow groups to get a better insight into how this mechanism operates. The Human Rights Consortium in conjunction […]

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Impact of the Human Rights Act in Northern Ireland – Conference Report

04 April 2017

A report capturing the contributions at our one day conference ‘The Impact of the Human Rights Act in Northern Ireland’ is now available to download. (Bottom of this post.) The Conference which was hosted by the Consortium and UNISON aimed to try and capture a range of civil society, academic and public authority perspectives on […]

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Human Rights and Equality Hustings

14 February 2017

The Consortium and the Equality Coalition will hold a sectoral hustings on 24 February from 10am-12pm in Unison Belfast. The hustings will focus specifically on human rights and equality to allow people to engage with representatives on these issues. We would encourage you to attend this event to highlight the core human rights and equality […]

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Brexit Supreme Court Decision

24 January 2017

The Human Rights Consortium, one of the applicants in the Agnew & Others legal case has today welcomed the UK Supreme Court’s decision which accepted its argument that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without parliamentary legislation. Director of the Consortium, Kevin Hanratty said, ‘The Consortium became involved in this legal case because we are […]

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NI Brexit case goes to the Supreme Court

29 November 2016

The Human Rights Consortium, one of the applicants in a Northern Ireland based judicial review challenging the nature of the current Brexit process has welcomed the referral of devolved issues arising in the Northern Ireland case to the Supreme Court. The Consortium, a 160 plus member coalition of groups from across Northern Ireland, which has […]

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Trans Day of Remembrance

17 November 2016

Join FOCUS: the identity trust on Sunday 20 November from 3:30-5:00pm in All Souls Church (Elmwood Avenue, Belfast) for a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of transgender individuals murdered worldwide in the past year and the unknown number of transgender people who have contemplated suicide. For more information about this event, please see the […]

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Human Rights implications of Brexit

12 October 2016

We have submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in Westminster. The Joint Committee is conducting an inquiry into the human rights implications of Brexit and issued a call for evidence. Our submission looks at some key areas which the Committee should explore in more detail: The particular importance of human rights frameworks […]

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