Why Amnesty and others are demanding a right to foreign funding to push for change in Irish law 

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Amnesty International are amongst organisations complaining  that the 2001 amendment to the Electoral Act of 1997 by the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC) is curbing civil society and human rights organisations, and that there is now a “chilling effect” on the work of human rights organisations. […]

The UN Declaration of Human RIghts at 70 – from shepherd to wolf?

The Origins of Rights Documents asserting individual rights, such the Magna Carta (1215), the English Bill of Rights (1689), the French Declaration on the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789), and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights (1791) are the written precursors to many of today’s human rights documents. Yet these documents, when originally […]

Will the Government continue to show compassion?

Compassion is the new buzzword. With it you can sell anything to a ‘compassionate’ public, even death. There was a time in Ireland when we prided ourselves on supporting the little person against the might of the bully. We always favoured the underdog, whether in sport or to the less well off on the streets […]

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