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The price of rights
The NI Human Rights Commission is struggling to function within its current budgets. Recurrent cuts have left some of its main functions unavailable. This needs to change.
Human Rights in NI – sleepwalking towards disaster
The Human Rights Commission published its Annual Statement this week. We have plenty of problems, too few solutions, and the problems stemming from our lack of a government only ever grow in number.
Secular disagreements and the risk of circular discussions
Northern Ireland - like much of the world - is becoming more secular. However, this means different things to different people, which makes the process more difficult.
Time to debate our treatment of Travellers
This week saw the publication of a report into discrimination against Travellers published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
There is nothing right about an absence of government
The absence of local political leadership is having a harmful effect on human rights, according to the Human Rights Commissioner.
Big Brother and Big Data
Les Allamby, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned about the impact of technological surveillance on privacy rights
Westminster wants a greater say in NI rights
MPs are growing more confident and strident about taking a lead in rights issues in Northern Ireland. Local people, activists and politicians should take notice – the balance on matters like abortion and gay marriage might be about to tip.
The machines are coming – but what does that mean?
What do we want from technology? Specifically, what do we as individuals and a society want – and not want – from artificial intelligence? These questions need to be answered now.
Voting: not a blind ballot for everyone
The secret electoral ballot is a right some exercise zealously and others waive – but a few people don’t have a choice. Joe Kenny explains.
Accepting redemption is difficult
In the week Martin McGuinness passed away, Scope examines the nature of redemption by looking at another man's story - double murderer Erwin James, who spoke in Belfast on Monday - and asks what society wants from its prisons.
Debate of the Week – Housing Associations: Reclassification
This week’s look at Stormont’s plenary sessions focuses on the ONS’s reclassification of local Housing Associations to public bodies.
A solution or a fix?
Proposals for new electoral boundaries in Northern Ireland are out for consultation. So far, so calm - but expect more fiery opposition, and support, when the effects on party representation in Stormont are seen more clearly.
Weak partnerships failing children in Northern Ireland
Children who find themselves in the most difficult situations are being let down by failures in partnership working – growing evidence suggests local agencies struggle to deal with complex problems
Sugden to face abortion test
It will not be long before we find out what new Justice Minister Claire Sugden meant when she said she would adopt a “subtle” approach to abortion.