The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution condemning the "outrageous attack by the Israeli forces against the humanitarian flotilla of ships", which took place on 31 May 2010. The resolution, adopted following an urgent debate during its 14th session, calls on Israel "to immediately lift the siege on occupied Gaza and other occupied Territories".
During the debate, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that while details are still emerging, the attack against the humanitarian flotilla took place in international waters, and that any investigation into the incident must be "prompt, impartial, credible and independent" and in line with international standards. Outlining that the Israeli military‟s use of force was "highly excessive", the Deputy High Commissioner concluded with the hope that the Government of Israel will do what is necessary to "demonstrate to the international community a clear commitment to abide by international law".
Israel has rejected requests for an international independent investigation and insists on conducting its own internal investigation as well as a military inquiry. While the format of the investigation is yet to become clear, Israel is expected to appoint a state panel of justices to carry out the investigations and will concede to allowing two international observers, one of whom is likely to be from the US.
To view the speech of the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights in full, please follow the link http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=10091&LangID=e.
Date: 27 October 2015
Venue: Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole will launch the Children’s Rights Alliance Parallel Report entitled ‘Are We There Yet?’ In January 2016, Ireland’s record will be examined by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, for the first time in ten years. Over the past year, the Children’s Rights Alliance has united the voices of its members and stakeholders to write a civil society report to influence the Committee’s scrutiny of Ireland. The report is a forensic analysis of the gaps in children’s rights and sets out recommendations for change.
The launch of the report will take place on Tuesday, 27th October 2015 at 11am in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
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UN International Human Rights Day takes place annually on December 10th. The aim of the day is to promote awareness of human rights and advocate for their fulfilment and enjoyment by all. This year’s slogan ‘My Voice Counts’ emphasises how important it is to hear the voices and respect the rights of marginalised and vulnerable groups. While December 10 is naturally marked with different events and happenings that are all well documented, the days around it also contain a plethora of exciting events.
Bearing this in mind, FLAC created a dedicated pop-up site (www.humanrightsweek.com/) that gathered together all the events and campaigns taking place during Human Rights Week 2012. The wide variety of events only serves to highlight how vibrant the Irish human rights community is.
You can promote the site using the Twitter hashtag #hrweek2012
Date: 11 November 2015
Venue: Online seminar
The Oxford Human Rights Hub of Oxford University’s Faculty of Law, in conjunction with the Oxford Martin Human Rights for Future Generations, is hosting a webinar on the topic of ‘Is there a refugee crisis in Europe or just a crisis in protection?’.
The webinar will examine the basic rules and principles of international refugee law and the extent to which the EU and European States are meeting their obligations. The webinar will also discuss the problems faced by those seeking protection and the legal implications of various actions taken by refugees, such as the asylum process and attaining refugee recognition. The webinar will be conducted by Dr. Cathryn Costello and Dr. Guy Goodwin-Gill, and also incorporates audience interaction and a questions and answers session.
Click here to sign up before 12pm on Wednesday 11 November 2015.
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Theme: International Humanitarian Law in Palestine: The Limits and Possibilities of Occupation Law.
Date: Wednesday 11 June, 6 - 7.30 pm
Location: Irish Aid Information and Volunteering Centre, Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 2
facilitator: John Reynolds of the Law Department at NUI Maynooth.
The next Irish Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Roundtable takes place Wednesday 11 June at 6.00pm. These roundtables serve as a space for academics, practitioners, students or others with an interest to engage in various aspects of IHL in an informal setting. Chatham House rule will apply.
June 2014 marks forty-seven years of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In such a context, questions have increasingly been raised over the ability of a legal regime that was premised on the idea of belligerent occupation as a temporary transitional situation to adequately address an entrenched occupation approaching its sixth decade with no end in sight. Debates have proliferated in recent years, among theorists and practitioners alike, as to the merits of moving beyond occupation law and re-appraising the Palestine-Israel conflict through the lens of other branches of public international law. For international humanitarian lawyers, this raises difficult questions as to the capacity of IHL to maintain its relevance.
John will provide an overview of these debates and questions, linking them to current developments in Palestine/Israel, before opening the discussion to the floor.
Attendance is free however it is essential to register in advance as space is limited.
To register or to find out more information contact Louise at email@example.com.
Date: 28 March
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences, BHSC Room GO1, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSB) is located on the western side of the main University College Cork campus.
Conference Subject: Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights?
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Marriage Equality Seminar-2014
Department of Law,
University College Cork
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6 CDP Group points available.