Human rights



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

European human rights commissioner meets Government ministers

One of Europe's most senior human rights chiefs met with Government ministers yesterday while visiting Ireland to mark the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

Published 30 May 2019

UK overseas spending linked to 350 death sentences in Pakistan

Britain has assisted prosecutions in anti-terrorism courts in Pakistan that have handed down more than 350 death sentences in the last five years, The Telegraph reports.

Published 16 April 2019

Human rights chief Les Allamby reappointed for two years

The head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has been reappointed for a further two-year term starting in September 2019.

Published 10 April 2019

ECtHR: Swiss authorities' attempt to extradite disabled former prisoner to Kosovo would violate article 8

There would be a violation of article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights if a man resident in Switzerland, who was convicted of rape and who is now disabled and dependent on his children, were to be expelled to Kosovo, judges in the European Court of Human Rights have unanimously ruled.

Published 10 April 2019

Ireland secures chair of 44-member Human Rights Network

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has taken on the chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) representing 44 national human rights bodies across Council of Europe Member States.

Published 5 March 2019