Brexit, Devolution & Civil Society Conference Report

13 November 2019

In May of this year the Consortium hosted a major conference in Belfast in collaboration with colleagues from the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit and the Civil Society Brexit Project in Scotland. The Brexit and Devolution conference brought NGO colleagues, academics and politicians together from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to […]

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Withdrawal Agreement Bill – initial analysis

22 October 2019

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is the biggest constitutional shift in Northern Ireland since our devolution settlement.  The EU (Withdrawal Amendment) Bill is a major piece of constitutional law and the UK Government’s planned agenda will push this through parliament with minimal scrutiny and no time for MPs and Peers to engage with the […]

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Initial thoughts on the Revised UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement

21 October 2019

All about the Backstop The changes in the revised UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement are focused on the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol.  The paper below gives a brief overview of our initial first thoughts on what this means.  While the rest of the Withdrawal Agreement sets out the rules for the transition period until the UK and EU agree their future trading relationship, the revised protocol is […]

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07.01.2019, Großbritannien, Dover: Das Brexit-Wandbild von Banksy zeigt einen Mann, der die EU-Flagge mit einem Hammer entfernt und ist in Dover zu sehen. Foto: Matt Dunham/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Northern Ireland on Brink of ‘No Deal’ Emergency

07 June 2019

A cross section of civil society organisations have warned that Northern Ireland is on the brink of a No Deal emergency and that the protections in the draft Withdrawal Agreement are the bare minimum needed to protect Northern Ireland. Members of the Brexit and Human Rights Working Group, a mixture of civil society organisations interested […]

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Brexit, Devolution and Civil Society

06 June 2019

  #BrexitDevo Recently, the Human Rights Consortium hosted a Brexit, Devolution and Civil Society Conference with Wales Council for Voluntary Action, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland and The Legal Education Foundation. This conference was a two-day event that provided a unique opportunity for civil society organisations from across the four regions of the UK to reflect on the impact […]

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Manifesto Watch – European Elections 2019

22 May 2019

Only a few weeks after our Local Elections and we are now approaching the European Parliament Elections 2019. The Human Rights Consortium has looked at the manifesto pledges and Brexit policies of the 11 candidates who have put themselves forward for election across Northern Ireland. This resource will highlight several issues related to human rights and […]

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Rights after Brexit

16 April 2019

Rights after Brexit The Human Rights Consortium has submitted Evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee inquiry into Rights after Brexit. The inquiry seeks to examine the future framework for and potential risks to rights after Brexit. The Consortium in its submission directly addressed the inquiries call for evidence on the impact of the […]

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Rights After Brexit


07 March 2019

The Consortium is currently recruiting for the following position: Human Rights Officer (Campaigns and Membership) (Maternity Cover) Secondments Welcomed £28,221 (pensionable) Fixed-term from May – November 2019 Join our campaign to strengthen Human Rights in Northern Ireland The Human Rights Consortium is cross-community coalition of over 160 community groups, NGOs and trade unions working to […]

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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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Members Update

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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A view room Spanich during the inauguration of the Spanish room at the United Nations in Geneva.