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Hands off our Human Rights Act

13 March 2022

The Human Rights Consortium has submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on replacing the Human Rights Act. The submission (available to download below) is heavily critical of proposals by the UK Government to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replace it with weaker standards. The Consortium outlines that the proposals would be a […]

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HRC Submission to Human Rights Act Reform – A Modern Bill of Rights Consultation

09 March 2022

The Human Rights Consortium is deeply concerned about the existence, content, and possible impact of this consultation exercise. Coming after a decade of attempts to undermine the Human Rights Act (HRA) and launched on the same day the report from the Independent Review of the Human Rights Act outlined little support for changing the HRA, […]

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Urgent call to respond to the Human Rights Act consultation – A Guide

02 March 2022

The Human Rights Consortium has developed a short guide to help civil society organisations respond to the current UK Government’s consultation on reform of the Human Rights Act. This guide is intended to provide support to our members and other civil society organisations who may wish to formulate a response to the consultation given how […]

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Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland concerned UK Government proposals to replace Human Rights Act will have a serious impact upon devolution

02 March 2022

There is significant concern across government and civil society in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, that UK Government proposals to replace the Human Rights Act will have a serious impact upon devolution, devolved law and people living in devolved parts of the UK. At a webinar this afternoon, organised by the Human Rights Consortia in […]

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UK must now deliver NI Bill of Rights following majority Assembly support

14 February 2022

Following the publication of the report by the Ad-Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights at the NI Assembly, the Human Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 165 community and voluntary organisations from Northern Ireland, has said that Westminster now urgently needs to legislate for this long outstanding commitment from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The report […]

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Human Rights Act Reform – Implications for Northern Ireland

05 February 2022

The implications for Northern Ireland of UK government plans to reform the Human Rights Act were discussed at a recent Consortium briefing webinar.  On the 14th December 2021 the UK Government announced a public consultation on their plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights. The Human Rights Act has […]

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The Northern Ireland/Ireland Protocol and human rights – Human Rights Consortium Briefing

17 December 2021

The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (referred to as ‘the Protocol’) is a Protocol (or a formal international agreement) of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union (known as the UK Withdrawal Agreement). As a legal document the Protocol recognizes the unique situation of […]

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NI CIVIL SOCIETY CRITICISE DANGEROUS UK GOVT PLANS TO REFORM HUMAN RIGHTS ACT

14 December 2021

The Human Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 165 civil society organisations from across Northern Ireland has criticised news that the UK Government plans to reform the operation of the Human Rights Act. The UK Government is due to announce plans to launch a three-month consultation process with the aim of reforming the Human Rights […]

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FIFTY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGS CHALLENGE RIGHTS FAILURE

10 December 2021

Over 50 civil society organisations from across Northern Ireland have written to the First and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to challenge the circumstances which led to the recent suspension of the Ad-Hoc committee on a Bill of Rights at Stormont and called on the UK and Irish Governments to intervene to progress a […]

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Comparing the UK and the EU’s approaches to the NI/Ireland Protocol – HRC Briefing

18 November 2021

Nearly a year after the end of the transition period (31 December 2020), the Northern Ireland/Ireland Protocol is at the centre of continuing political instability and divisions. While the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) appear on face value to be united in their desire to overcome their ongoing disagreements regarding the Protocol, the […]

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