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.
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
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.
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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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Theme for this issue: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in practice.
Irish Community Development Law Journal is a peer reviewed online journal, published twice a year by the Northside Community Law & Mediation Centre, in Coolock, Dublin. The journal seeks to offer a platform for interaction that encourages greater scholarly and academic collaboration in the areas of social policy, law and community development, promoting the practice of community economic development law and policy in Ireland and learn about these initiatives in other countries.
The journal seeks articles, book reviews or case studies in connection with this theme or on the wider theme of community economic development. Articles, book reviews and case studies should be between 1,500 and 10,000 words in length.
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in practice.
This edition will explore economic, social and cultural rights in practice. Ireland’s Constitutional Convention will discuss the issue of economic, social and cultural rights on 22nd and 23rd February 2014.
Where does Ireland go next in the context of respecting, protecting and fulfilling economic, social and cultural rights? What has been the experience thus far in Ireland, in terms of debate and practice? Although not directly justiciable, have the courts been asked to adjudicate on these rights through the prism of other justiciable rights? Are there lessons to be learned from other jurisdictions, in Europe and beyond? To what extent have international mechanisms been used by campaigners and lawyers for economic, social and cultural rights (Ireland has signed but has not ratified the Optional Protocol on a communications procedure for complaints to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)?
This edition seeks to examine the practical application of economic, social and cultural rights, stimulate debate, encourage reflective practice, highlight casework and evidence, and engage a global audience.
Submissions are welcome from practitioners and academics working across a broad spectrum of professions and academic disciplines.
If you are interested in writing an article, a book review or a case‐study, please email email@example.com.
To access previous editions of the journal, go to our website www.nclc.ie
Date: 17 -18 January
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.
The European Database of Asylum Law is a key legal tool complementing the numerous endeavours seeking to strengthen the development of harmonized standards of protection within the Common European Asylum System.
The Conference will be of interest to decision-makers, practitioners, academics and NGO representatives from across Europe and participants will benefit from ample opportunity to compare and contrast the current application of EU measures across Member States.
Topics to be addressed include:
· The interplay of EU asylum law with the 1951 Convention and the ECHR
· National use of country of origin information in the Common European Asylum System
· Fundamental rights, mutual recognition and the Dublin Regulation
· The protection of asylum seekers under the Charter of Fundamental Rights
· Fundamental rights and dignity at the borders of the EU
· The best interests of the child in the Common European Asylum System
· Reception conditions and socio-economic rights under International and European Law
· Sexual orientation, gender identity and human dignity in the Asylum Acquis
· The right of asylum seekers to an effective remedy in EU law
The Conference will commence at 2pm on Friday, 17th January 2014, with registration and a light lunch available from 12.30 pm, and will be held from 9.30 am to 5.40 pm on Saturday 18th January 2014. Limited subsidies are available for participants from designated countries.
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