Human rights



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

Human rights commission sets out strategy for next three years

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has set out its strategic priorities and focus for 2019-21.

Published 6 February 2019

England: Activists to be spared jail for stopping deportation flight

A group of activists who were prosecuted under terrorism legislation after taking action to halt a deportation flight will be spared jail.

Published 6 February 2019

Irish judge who sat on European and Kosovan courts to deliver King's Inns lecture

An Irish judge who has held key positions on human rights courts internationally will address the launch of the eighth volume of the King's Inn Law Review next week.

Published 5 February 2019

Human Rights Act under threat from UK government

The UK government has failed to give assurances that it will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act – a stark contrast to its proclaimed commitment to "shared values of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms" – the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has stated.

Published 18 January 2019