Civil Liberties

Time for Our Referendum

The following is the text of a letter written by a number of regular HRinI contributors and signed by over 100 academics, which was published in the Irish Times today (full list of signators only available online). Here we have added a number of additional signatures received after the letter went to press. Others who wish(…)

The Arrival of Frackers in Co. Fermanagh raises Cross-Border Human Rights Concerns

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Dr Louise Mallinder of the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. You can follow Louise on Twitter @MallinderLouise In the dead of night on 21 July 2014, Tamboran Resources moved equipment to prepare for drilling into the site of the Acheson and Glover Quarry at Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh and(…)

Time to strengthen Oireachtas oversight of human rights

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Parliaments can play a vital role in protecting human rights, but their potential is not being realised. Last Friday at the United Nations in Geneva, the results of an 18-month project on Effective(…)

Finding an ECHR-proofed process for the release of life sentence prisoners

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Diarmuid Griffin, lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at NUI Galway. Ireland has always tended to look to England and Wales when considering reform in the criminal justice arena. However, when it comes to the planned legislative reform of the parole of life sentence prisoners, we should(…)

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: Forced Psychiatric Treatment

Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The 26th of June has been International Day in Support of Victims of Torture since declared so by the UN General Assembly in 1997 by resolution 52/149. The rationale for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is to promote the total abolition of(…)

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

On 24 June 2014, I spoke at a seminar The Ethic’s of ‘Home’: Direct Provision, Homelessness and Ireland’s Housing Policies.  This seminar, organised by Dr Ronni Greenwood, sought to explore conceptions and meanings of home, in the context of housing and homelessness. My paper, The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland sought to(…)

Call for Inquiry into policing of Corrib

On HRinI we’ve blogged on numerous occasions about the ongoing campaign in the West of Ireland to challenge Shell’s building of an on-shore refinery (see for instance here, here and here ) with a particular emphasis on the policing of that dispute. Many of those involved in the protests have come together to call for an(…)

Rule of Law v National Security: The Big Fight Live

In his understated way, Lord Justice Gross announced the latest round of the prize-fight that has defined so much of the debate on the role of the legal system in a liberal democracy since the 9/11 attacks (at [4]): “From time to time, tensions between the principle of open justice and the needs of national(…)

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

Following on from Human Rights in Ireland’s marking of 14 Years of Direct Provision in Ireland (see all posts here), along with Caroline Reid from the Irish Refugee Council, a publication marking this event has now been produced. Once again, my thanks to all those who contributed blog posts, in particular asylum seekers who spoke(…)

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