Human rights



New book about Kevin Boyle promoted in 'virtual book tour'

A new book about Northern Ireland human rights lawyer Kevin Boyle is being promoted online in a "virtual book tour" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 31 March 2020

Egypt: Prosecutors and judges 'turning blind eye' to torture of children as young as 12

Egyptian prosecutors and judges are turning a blind eye to children as young as 12 being arrested, forcibly disappeared and tortured, human rights campaigners have said.

Published 25 March 2020

Mary Lawlor appointed UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders

Human rights advocate Mary Lawlor has been appointed as UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

Published 16 March 2020

Saudi Arabia: Shia minority and human rights activists targeted by Specialised Criminal Court

A new report published by Amnesty International today shows how the Saudi Arabian authorities are using a counter-terrorism court – the Specialised Criminal Court – as a weapon to systematically silence peaceful opposition in the country.

Published 6 February 2020

Four political parties commit to ICCL's human rights asks

Four of Ireland's main political parties have committed to all eight election demands issued by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL).

Published 5 February 2020

Britain's refusal to allow Chagos Islanders to return home is 'crime against humanity'

The UK's refusal to allow the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands to return to their homeland is a crime against humanity, an eminent international lawyer has said.

Published 20 January 2020

Síofra O'Leary appointed section president of European human rights court

Ireland's judge at the European Court of Human Rights has been elected as one of five section presidents.

Published 14 January 2020

Programme for Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival launched

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF) has officially launched its 2019 programme of events, taking place across Belfast and Northern Ireland from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th December.

Published 19 November 2019

Human rights tool aims to hold government to account

A tool that aims to make the UK’s human rights records transparent and the government accountable has been launched.

Published 14 October 2019

Human rights chiefs meet with UN high commissioner in Dublin ahead of Brexit

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has met with human rights chiefs in Dublin with discuss the impact of Brexit on the Good Friday Agreement.

Published 4 October 2019

Greta Thunberg and 15 other young people file climate change complaint at UN

A group of 16 young people, including Swedish school strike activist Greta Thunberg, have brought a legal complaint to the UN over five countries' inaction on climate change.

Published 24 September 2019

Decision to equip Welsh police with mobile facial recognition tech condemned

A decision by South Wales Police to equip officers with mobile facial recognition technology, via an app, has been condemned by human rights group Liberty.

Published 8 August 2019

Istanbul Convention combating violence against women enters force in Ireland

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has marked the entry into force today of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, by setting out its recommendations for key priority actions from the State.

Published 2 July 2019

Protestors prepare for Hong Kong's 'last battle'

Protestors in Hong Kong are preparing for fresh rallies on Friday as they demand city authorities satisfy their demands on the revocation of the Extradition Bill, The Guardian reports.

Published 19 June 2019

Former Supreme Court judge criticises 'mission creep' of European Convention on Human Rights

A former UK Supreme Court judge has criticised the "mission creep" of the European Convention on Human Rights and suggested that the UK could be forced to withdraw from the nearly 70-year-old convention.

Published 5 June 2019