About CAJ leaflet (PDF, 193 KB)
CAJ is Northern Ireland’s leading independent human rights organisation. Established in 1981, CAJ lobbies and campaigns on human rights issues both in Northern Ireland and internationally.
The basis of our work is to ensure that the government complies with its international human rights obligations, ensuring the highest standards in the administration of justice in Northern Ireland. Much of the work we do includes conducting research, holding conferences, monitoring, campaigning locally and internationally, publishing reports, individual casework and providing legal advice.
CAJ takes no position on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland and is firmly opposed to the use of political violence. Its membership is drawn from across all communities in Northern Ireland and beyond.
CAJ’s staff currently consists of the Director, Deputy Director, Human Rights Programme Officer, Equality Programme Officer, Justice and Policing Co-ordinator, Legal Officer, Public Affairs Officer and Office Manager. We also have a full time volunteer from the EIRENE project.
CAJ’s work is overseen by 11 Executive Committee members, 7 post holders who are elected by CAJ’s membership on an annual basis and 4 co-opted. They come from a range of backgrounds and professions.
CAJ receives funding from a range of private sources, including
CAJ is affiliated to the International Federation of Human Rights and has received many international human rights prizes including the Reebok Human Rights Award and the 1998 Council of Europe Human Rights Prize.
Mission, Vision and Values
CAJ is an independent non governmental organisation working, since 1981, to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights of all those in Northern Ireland by reference to internationally agreed human rights standards.
Our vision is to contribute to the creation of a society which is just and peaceful, where the human rights of all are protected.
The key values by which CAJ operates and which underpin all its relationships are -
· Respect for human rights