Human rights



Bar rejects 'any amendments' to Human Rights Act 1998

Any changes to the Human Rights Act 1998 could "significantly undermine Northern Ireland's unique constitutional settlement", The Bar of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 9 March 2021

QUB Human Rights Centre warns review of Human Rights Act threatens stability and peace

The UK government's review of the Human Rights Act "presents significant potential risks to stability and peace in Northern Ireland", experts at Queen's University Belfast have said.

Published 1 March 2021

Question mark hangs over Saudi Arabia’s decline in executions

Saudi Arabia executed 25 people in 2020, according to monitoring carried out by ESOHR and Reprieve.

Published 18 January 2021

New report suggests spate of undeclared US airstrikes in Yemen

A new report from Airwars raises the question of whether the Trump administration has been using the CIA for strikes in Yemen in order to shroud US operations there in greater secrecy.

Published 28 October 2020

Opposition in Belarus awarded EU's Sakharov Prize

The European Union's 2020 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought has been awarded to the opposition in Belarus and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for facing up to the Lukashenko regime.

Published 23 October 2020

Saudi Arabia to review all death sentences for childhood crimes

The Saudi Human Rights Commission has announced that, following a royal decree, the sentences of all people convicted of childhood crimes will be reviewed.

Published 28 August 2020

Rights watchdog urges further action on women's rights

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has told the UN that Ireland has not done enough under its human rights obligations for women's rights.

Published 24 August 2020

Webinar: Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Patrick Penninckx, head of the information society department at the Council of Europe, conducted a webinar entitled Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights this week. It was organised by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) as part of a series of webinars on law and technology.

Published 29 May 2020

Mary Lawlor takes up post as UN special rapporteur for human rights defenders

Human rights advocate Mary Lawlor has taken up her post as UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

Published 6 May 2020

Patrick Corrigan: We can do better than returning to 'normality' after coronavirus

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland programme director at Amnesty International, argues against a return to "business as usual" after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Published 20 April 2020

Saudi Arabia carries out 800th execution under King Salman

Saudi Arabia has carried out its 800th execution since the reign of King Salman bin Abdulaziz began five years ago.

Published 15 April 2020

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