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Stormont House Agreement Model Implementation Bill PDF document

25 May 2017

The following documents were produced by CAJ in collaboration with a group of academics and individual experts. The first two documents comprise a Model Implementation Bill for the elements of the Stormont House Agreement dealing with the past together with Explanatory Notes. The second two documents deal with the issue of how to deal with… Read more

Invitation to Seminar on Information Redaction in the Stormont House Agreement PDF document

27 March 2017

Dealing with the Past: A Proposed Model for Information Redaction under the Stormont House Agreement 4th April, 2017 10.00 am, Moot Court, School of Law Queens University Belfast For a number of years a group of academics at Queens and Ulster University, representatives from human rights NGOs and individual experts have been working on a range of… Read more

CAJ Press Statement on Brexit Process Judicial Review

24 January 2017

In response to the Supreme Court Ruling on the Brexit process ( Agnew and others ) in which CAJ was a party - Gemma McKeown, CAJ solicitor stated: “We welcome that the Supreme Court has ruled that the post-referendum process must be taken forward through an Act of Parliament, as we had argued,  and in particular the Court's reference that it… Read more

NI legacy: UK must respect the rule of law

13 December 2016

The indefinite postponement of the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement dealing with the past provisions threatens the rule of law, says CAJ, Northern Ireland’s leading human rights NGO. Secretary of State James Brokenshire announced the delay on the very day that the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers called for swift action to… Read more

A Beacon of Hope The Story of CAJ by Maggie Beirne, June 2016

12 December 2016

Maggie Beirne, former director of CAJ, has written a book about the organisation's story and development over the years to its now 35th anniversary.  "This month marks the organisation’s 35th… Read more

CAJ sends open letter to Colombian civil society groups on eve of President Santos visit to Belfast. PDF document

02 November 2016

CAJ sends open letter to Colombian civil society groups on eve of President Santos visit to Belfast. Tomorrow 3 November 2016 sees the visit of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to Belfast. The visit takes place in a context whereby the Northern Irish peace process has helped shaped and influence its colombian counterpart through the work… Read more

CAJ Police Custody report YouTube

18 October 2016

This is a short clip of the main findings of a report on ill-treatment in police custody prepared by CAJ for a comparative study led by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. Watch the video here Read more

Brexiting and Rights 27 Sept

08 September 2016

Brexiting and Rights 27 Sept Discussion seminar on the human rights and equality implications of the EU referendum Venue: The MAC Belfast, Metropolitan Arts Centre , 10 Exchange St, Belfast BT1 2LS [***note change to larger venue, new location adjacent to UU Belfast Campus***] Tuesday 27th September 9.30-1pm Partnership between the… Read more

UN anti-racism committee releases report on UK

31 August 2016

CAJ welcomes the release of the Concluding Observations on the UK by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD ) . This follows an oral hearing in Geneva earlier this month to which CAJ submitted written evidence . The Committee measures State Parties compliance with the treaty-based commitments that they have agreed… Read more

CAJ now a full member of FIDH

26 August 2016

CAJ now a full member of FIDH! CAJ is delighted to announce that today it was today admitted to full membership of the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), the global network of some 180 groups. This was an exception to the FIDH sta tute which provides for only one member per UN member state (Liberty, the British human rights… Read more

Stand up for human rights!

24 June 2016

Stand up for human rights! The electorates of England and Wales have voted to take the UK out of the European Union. Alienated by years of austerity and the routine violation of their social and economic rights, the majority in those countries voted Leave in the context of a campaign that scapegoated immigrants for all their problems. Those… Read more

The CAJ Position on the Referendum

20 June 2016

The CAJ Position on the Referendum: Vote Remain to protect human rights   CAJ is a member of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action. As such we are circulating the call of its Director printed below. We also wish to share with CAJ members and supporters our analysis of the likely effect on human rights protection, in general but in… Read more

Council of Europe human rights officials find ‘deeply concerning’ UK government legacy institution delays

13 June 2016

Council of Europe human rights officials find ‘deeply concerning’ UK government legacy institution delays Human rights NGO has today commented on the meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, which took place last week in Strasbourg (France). The materials from the meeting relating to Northern Ireland cases have now been made… Read more

Truth and Reparations for Northern Ireland: A Gender-Integrated Approach

12 April 2016

Public Announcement: Last September the Belfast-based Legacy Gender Integration Group produced Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past. This innovative document was the first of its kind to be produced and was well received by all parties in the run into the intensive negotiations on dealing with the past last November. The Gender… Read more

A Fresh Start for Equality? New action research on equality impacts of Stormont House Agreement (SHA) on NI’s ‘two main communities’ – concludes policies likely to deepen and widen inequality, and that SHA has not been ‘equality proofed’

15 March 2016

Research conducted by Professor Christine Bell and Dr Robbie McVeigh, in partnership with the Equality Coalition will be launched today (14 March). The report “ A Fresh Start for Equality? The Equality Impacts of the Stormont House Agreement on the Two Main Communities ”, presents official data on the current levels of inequality between… Read more

HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS WELCOME RECOGNITION OF CATHOLIC HOUSING INEQUALITY BY EQUALITY COMMISSION

02 March 2016

Human rights groups the Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) and the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) have welcomed the recognition in the Equality Commission NI’s ‘Draft Statement on Key inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland’ of housing inequality impacting the Catholic community in North Belfast. Read more

Secretary of State’s arguments on disclosure do not match her demands

11 February 2016

Secretary of State Teresa Villiers says that the government has legitimate concerns about what the proposed Historical Investigations Unit might put in reports to bereaved families – either because it could put lives at risk or compromise the security services' capabilities. She claims that “either violent dissident republicans or Islamist… Read more

Magic Tricks at the Department of Justice? Coroners ask for investigators independent of the RUC but the job advert requires NI policing experience: CAJ asks Justice Minister for explanation

18 December 2015

Human rights NGO CAJ will write to Justice Minister David Ford to seek an explanation as to how his Department transformed a recommendation from the Coroners Service that former RUC and military personnel be precluded from legacy investigations posts into a job requirement that such posts are only open to persons with “extensive experience of… Read more

The struggle for the satisfaction of rights still continues... PDF document

18 November 2015

The struggle for the satisfaction of rights still continues... Pablo de Greiff, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Truth and Justice has called for any arrangements for dealing with the past here to: “guarantee both the reality and the appearance of independence and impartiality.” Speaking at the end of a nine day visit to the UK, several… Read more

UK Government pulled down the ‘national security’ shutter over Stormont House Legacy investigations

18 November 2015

Press Statement   17 November 2015 – No Embargo   UK Government pulled down the ‘national security’ shutter over Stormont House Legacy investigations   The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) has said that the news from Stormont that negotiations around the legacy elements of the Stormont House Agreement have broken down is… Read more