Civil Liberties

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(…)

Travellers in the Irish Prison System: A Qualitative Study

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Deirdre Malone,  Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust. On Monday 19th May the Irish Penal Reform Trust launched “Travellers in the Irish Prison System: A Qualitative Study”. In 2011 the UNCAT had expressed concern at the reports of allegations of intimidation of Traveller prisoners especially in Cork(…)

Sorry Day – Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generation

Sorry Day – Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generation

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Siobhan Drislane. Siobhan is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL, LLM). She was previously employed as a researcher with the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and is now based in Perth, Western Australia where she works as a Project Coordinator in the Not for Profit sector. Siobhan’s wide areas of interest(…)

Direct Provision System Challenged in the High Court: Days 3-11

Direct Provision System Challenged in the High Court: Days 3-11

The High Court case,  C.A and T.A. (a minor) v Minister for Justice and Equality, Minister for Social Protection, the Attorney General and Ireland (Record No.  2013/751/JR), challenging the direct provision system is continuing to be heard before Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh (see here and here for background). This purpose of this post is to give a broad(…)

An Interference with the Democratic Process: The Right to Vote

We welcome the following guest post from Joan O’Connell. Joan has worked extensively with refugees and survivors of human trafficking in Ireland, including working with separated children. She holds an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies and a Bachelor in Civil Law. She blogs here, and can be found at @joan_ie Update: There has been some movement on this(…)

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

On Friday, 13th June 2014 from 10am to 5pm, UCD Sutherland School of Law will host a conference Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland.  Organised  jointly between UCD School of Law,  the Public Interest Law Alliance, University of Ulster Law Clinic and the Irish Clinical Legal Education Association, the full programme with an(…)

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