Submission to Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

26 September 2018

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Mr Philip Alston, will visit the UK (including Northern Ireland) from 6-16 November 2018. In advance of this visit he has asked for groups to send written submissions on a range of rights issues linked to extreme poverty in the UK. The Consortium submission, which can be accessed […]

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Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

08 June 2018

Today the Human Rights Consortium sent our submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in advance of the pre-sessional working group in July. During this meeting the committee will develop a list of issues for the United Kingdom to respond to in advance of the review of the UK by […]

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The Agreement at 20

10 April 2018

(This personal reflection is a cross posted article from the Irish News and RightsNI) 20 years ago today I sat with friends in our student accommodation in Belfast and watched as politicians emerged to announce the new peace deal that was the Good Friday Agreement. We were all students at Queens, had grown up in the […]

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The Good Friday Agreement at 20: Seminar Series

23 March 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. As we reach this milestone, we believe that it is time to not only celebrate the achievement of the Agreement and the role that civic society played, but to reflect on its implementation and consider how its outstanding provisions regarding rights and equality can be […]

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Rights at Risk in Brexit process

10 January 2018

The Human Rights Consortium has launched a new report which highlights the inherent risks to the enjoyment of existing human rights in Northern Ireland from the process of the UK leaving the EU. The report ‘RIGHTS AT RISK – Brexit, Human Rights and Northern Ireland‘ is the product of extensive research by the Consortium with its […]

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Serious Concerns over EU Withdrawal Bill

07 September 2017

As the UK government proceeds with the introduction of legislation to retain EU law in domestic UK legislation through the EU Withdrawal Bill the Human Rights Consortium and other civil society organisations have highlighted fundamental flaws with the legislation that could lead to a weakening of human rights protections and undermine elements of the Northern […]

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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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