A ‘No Deal Brexit’ threatens rights

07 February 2019

With only a few short weeks until the 29 March, the official date when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, the prospect of a ‘No Deal Brexit’ is danger of becoming a reality. A reality that would have dire consequences from the perspective of rights protection. Following its failure to get support from Parliament for the […]

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International Human Rights Day – Letter

10 December 2018

Today, International Human Rights Day, marks 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at the United Nations on 10th December 1948. The preamble of the UDHR begins by stating that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family […]

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NIHRF 2018 Programme Launched!

26 November 2018

The NIHRF has launched its most ambitious programme yet in a year that’s fit to burst with important anniversaries; 100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave some women the right to vote. 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. 50 years since the Northern Ireland […]

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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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