Just Fair and Doctors of the World paper: Right to Health for All

The Home Office should not have access to NHS patients’ data, and NHS professionals should not be expected to guard our borders, say Just Fair and Doctors of the World.

In a June 2017 position paper (pdf), both organisations identify data-sharing between NHS and the Home Office as a threat to patients’ human rights.

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Hate Crime: Cause and Effect

Ebony Riddell Bamber, our Research and Impact Director, shares her thoughts from our first seminar on hate crime. Addressing hate crime is one of EDF’s 2016-2017 strategic priorities – get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

We held our Hate Crime: Cause & Effect seminar on 12 June, slap-bang in the aftermath of the election – which had left many of us bleary-eyed and fuzzy-headed – myself included.  Our audience included a multi-disciplinary mix of academics, NGO practitioners, researchers, policy makers and funders. If you missed it, don’t worry – it was live tweeted via #HateCrime17 and links to the presentations are below. Continue reading “Hate Crime: Cause and Effect”

QPol: Northern Ireland and Rigorous Impartiality – Untangling a Constitutional Mess

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Rigorous impartiality is vital to peace in Northern Ireland. And a Conservative-DUP deal risks “the careful work of decades of peace-building.”

In a June 2017 article for QPol, Professor Colin Harvey of Queens University Belfast looks at the potential impact of a DUP-Conservative deal on the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Oxford Human Rights Hub: What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

Human rights are central to the Good Friday Agreement. And Northern Ireland has learned through hard experience “that complacency on rights and equality is not an option.”

In a June 2017 article for the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Professor Colin Harvey of Queens University Belfast explores the state of human rights and equality in Northern Ireland.

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UN Human Rights Council: Panel Discussion on Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents and Human Rights

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At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children have been recorded in some 80 countries in 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.

The UN Human Rights Council’s June 2017 panel discussion raised the issues facing unaccompanied minors – and the need to protect the rights of migrant children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Fawcett Society: Letter to Theresa May on the DUP and Abortion Rights

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‘We urge you – do not allow the clock to be turned back on women’s rights, and do not turn your back on the women of Northern Ireland.’

The Fawcett Society has, with other women’s organisations, issued an open letter to the Prime Minister on abortion rights. This June 2017 letter has been prompted by the General Election results, itself prompted by upcoming Brexit negotiations and news that Theresa May is seeking to strike a deal with the DUP, a party that opposes abortion.

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Natalie Sedacca: Civil liberties and human rights – what’s at stake in the UK’s 2017 General Election?

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Natalie Sedacca is a solicitor specialising in Civil Liberties and tweets at @nataliesedacca.

With the June 2017 general election fast approaching, and the contest looking closer than anticipated, Natalie Sedecca looks at the issue of human rights and civil liberties. She offers a snapshot of some key debates and areas of disagreement, with its main focus on the positions of the two major parties as set out in their manifestos and other recent announcements.

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