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Statement on the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly

05 February 2024

The Human Rights Consortium has welcomed the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly and has called for the Executive to place the progression of human rights in Northern Ireland as a core priority of its work. The two-year absence of the Assembly has compounded existing challenges and inequalities faced by people in Northern Ireland. The […]

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Rwanda Bill: An Attack on Fundamental Rights

08 December 2023

The UK government this week introduced the ‘Safety of Rwanda Bill’ to limit the use of human rights laws to challenge their attempts to automatically remove asylum seekers to Rwanda. The Human Rights Consortium has criticized the introduction of the Bill as a violation of basic human rights guarantees of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, the […]

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A Celebration of Maggie McBride – NIHRF 2023

06 December 2023

We at the Consortium formally dedicate the 2023 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival in memory of our good friend and colleague Maggie McBride and send our best wishes and love to all her friends and family. Maggie McBride was the Administrator at the Human Rights Consortium for over 16 years, from 2006 until her sudden […]

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The Windsor Framework: the Good, the Bad and the Untested

29 September 2023

The Windsor Framework, and the Protocol that came before it, were developed and negotiated between the EU and the UK to manage the new regulatory framework in Northern Ireland resulting from the UK’s exit from the EU, while maintaining the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement commitments to cross-border cooperation and to maintaining the Common Travel Area between […]

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NIHRC FUNDING WELCOME BUT GOVT ATTITUDES TO HUMAN RIGHTS NEED TO CHANGE

19 September 2023

The Human Rights Consortium has welcomed the publication of the report by the Independent Review of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission which has highlighted the serious underfunding of the Commission and highlighted the need to provide a sufficient base line budget for its work. Kevin Hanratty, Director of the Human Rights Consortium a civil […]

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Human Rights and the Illegal Bill on Migration – Watch It Back

03 July 2023

On Friday the 23rd of June, to round off a week of events held across civil society for Refugee Week 2023, the Human Rights Consortium held an event on the so-called Illegal Migration Bill – which we’ve dubbed the Illegal Bill on Migration – alongside our colleagues in the Public Interest Litigation Support (PILS) Project […]

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Lessons from Scotland and Wales: Incorporating international human rights standards in Northern Ireland

03 July 2023

Lessons from Scotland and Wales:   Incorporating international human rights standards in Northern Ireland  The Human Rights Consortium recently held an online conference which brought together academics and civil society representatives to explore the advances made in Scotland and Wales to incorporate international human rights treaties and standards into domestic law and what the lessons could […]

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Volunteering Opportunities

30 June 2023

We are currently seeking three volunteers to work on two distinct projects – our Human Rights Membership Database and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2023!   Human Rights Membership Database We are looking for a volunteer to assist in updating the Human Rights Consortium membership database. This volunteer will gain experience in communications and […]

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Recruitment : Administration and Finance Officer

12 June 2023

The Human Rights Consortium wishes to recruit for the following position: Administration and Finance Officer (F/T 35 HRS per week) £25,874 to £27,852 per annum pensionable. Contracted to 31st Dec 2024 with possibility of extension. The Job Description, Person Specification, Application form and Monitoring Form for this post are available to download below. Closing date […]

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Government betrays Good Friday Agreement on Bill of Rights

06 April 2023

The failure of the UK Government to implement a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland is a betrayal of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, according to civil society organisations in Northern Ireland. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Agreement, the Human Rights Consortium and 61 other civil society organisations from across Northern Ireland […]

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