08/06/2005

Queen’s to debate future of Human Rights Commissions

The future of Human Rights Commissions in the UK and Ireland will be examined at Queen's University Belfast this week.

The Human Rights Centre at the Queen's School of Law, in co-operation with the Faculty of Law, University of Bristol, will hold a half-day conference in Belfast on Friday on the role of both Commissions.

Professor Colin Harvey, Director of the Human Rights Centre at Queen's, said: "This is an important time in the debate over the future of Human Rights Commissions in these islands.

“As is well known, the debate in Ireland, North and South, continues. The Equality Bill proposes the establishment in Britain of a new Commission for Equality and Human Rights. There are also proposals for a Scottish Human Rights Commission.”

Those speaking at Friday's conference will include: Dr Maurice Manning, President of the Irish Human Rights Commission; Paddy Sloan, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Dr Rachel Murray, Faculty of Law, University of Bristol; Aideen Gilmore, Committee on the Administration of Justice; Francesca Klug, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Brian Peddie, Human Rights and Law Reform Branch, Scottish Executive.

(MB/SP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

24 January 2020
Other News In Brief
PHA Issues Statement On Coronavirus Outbreak The Public Health Agency has issued advice on the current outbreak of Coronavirus. The infection, believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, can be potentially deadly to patients with underlying health conditions. It's understood the outbreak has affected a handful of people in Scotland.
27 January 2020
Dolly Parton's Book Scheme Rolls Out In Belfast
A local homebuilder is to nuture local children's love of reading by bringing Dolly Parton's book gifting scheme to Belfast with a £75,000 investment. Hagan Homes will become the charity's local champion to ensure the rollout of the Dollywood Foundation in the city.
20 January 2020
Other News In Brief
Three Arrested After Belfast Brawl Three men found with stab wounds after a brawl in Belfast City Centre have been arrested. It's understood the men, aged 23, 29 and 38, were involved in a fight in the Great Northern Mall on Great Victoria Street at around 7.15pm on Saturday 18 January. The brawl spilled out onto city centre streets.
16 January 2020
Former SF President 'Emotional' At Standing Down
Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has told of his emotion at stepping down as Louth TD. The former NI MP and MLA will not seek re-election to Ireland's Dáil in the general election next month. Mr Adams held the position of Sinn Fein president from 1983 to 2018.