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Consortium Concerns over EU Withdrawal Bill

17 July 2017

  The Human Rights Consortium has raised concerns about the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (formerly the Great Repeal Bill) published last week.  The Bill proposes giving ministers powers to change laws without adequate parliamentary oversight, it removes an important human rights framework from UK law and it threatens to claw back powers from the NI Assembly. […]

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Human Rights unite Northern Ireland

10 July 2017

Polling published by the Human Rights Consortium shows massive public support for human rights in Northern Ireland. The polling commissioned by the Consortium shows that public opinion in Northern Ireland is not only clearly in favour of human rights but that the public also see human rights as a tool to protect the vulnerable and make […]

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Overview – ‘Brexit: Charting a Way Forward’ conference

22 June 2017

On Thursday, 15th June 2017 the Human Rights Consortium in partnership with NICVA and with sponsorship from Unison hosted a conference to move the Brexit conversation towards a solutions focused civil society engagement. In his welcome, Director of the Consortium Kevin Hanratty, outlined that the purpose of the conference was to bring a broad range […]

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Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: One day conference on Brexit: Charting a Way Forward A Civil Society Dialogue on Thursday 15th June 2017 in NICVA, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast. The speakers included: Kevin Hanratty, Director, Human Rights Consortium, EU perspective, Colette FitzGerald, Head of European Commission in Belfast, Dr Claire McCann, Human Rights Consortium, Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary, UNISON, Professor Dagmar Schiek, QUB,  Ruth Taillon, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Edel Quinn, Age NI, Claire Bradley, Children’s Law Centre, Patrick Malone, Disability Action, Geoff Nuttall, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, NICVA,  Declan Billington, NI Food and Drink Association, Professor David Phinnemore, QUB Louise Coyle, NI Rural Women’s Network, James Orr, Friends of the Earth Aidan Campbell, Rural Community Network, Dr Brian Jack, QUB, Paddy Kelly, Director, Children’s Law Centre, Angela McGowan, CBI, Owen Reidy, NIC-ICTU, Patrick Yu, NI Council for Racial Equality, Fergal McFerran, NUS-USI, Conor Houston, Centre for Democracy & Peace Building, feedback by Professor Deirdre Heenan, UU.

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

12 June 2017

Programme available here.  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 […]

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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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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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