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Upcoming Equality Coalition event: Launch of conference report on countering incitement to hatred
1pm to 3pm, 3 October 2019, Moot Court Room, School of Law, QUB

Confirmed speakers at this event include former Justice Minister Claire Sugden MLA and Judge Desmond Marrinan, who is currently leading the Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Northern Ireland. There will also be input from academics and members of the Equality Coalition.

The event will feature topical discussions and centre on the launch of the official report from the joint Equality Coalition / QUB conference, Defining public duties to tackle incitement to hatred whilst respecting free expression: Reviewing the legal & policy framework. This 2017 conference explored, from a human rights perspective, when public authorities can or must act against speech and cultural expression in order to protect the rights of others.

To register for the launch, please email events@caj.org.uk, stating any special requirements. 

Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules? – Conference Report
Published June 2019

In March 2019, the Equality Coalition, in partnership with BrexitLawNI, held a major conference on ‘Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?’ in the Moot Court Room at Queen’s University Belfast. Featuring expert practioner and political panels, the conference explored how Brexit will transform the citizenship landscape in Northern Ireland and could lead to hardened entitlement boundaries between different groups of citizens here.

A 60 page report has been produced from the proceedings of the conference. You can download a digital version of the report here. Hard copies are available upon request by emailing equalitycoalition@caj.org.uk or calling 028 9031 6000.

Response to consultation on ECNI’s complaints and investigation procedures Published May 2019

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) has been reviewing and revising the procedures related to its enforcement (investigation) powers. These powers enable ECNI to investigate public bodies that fail to comply with their Section 75 duties. In March 2019, ECNI launched a public consultation on its (draft) ‘Revised Policy and Procedures for Complaints and Investigations’. The Equality Coalition responded to this consultation with a detailed written submission, which raises several issues that we strongly urge ECNI to rectify.

Submission on ECNI’s investigation powers

Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing
Published April 2019

More than two years have elapsed since the devolved power sharing institutions provided for under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) collapsed in Northern Ireland. Additionally, many of the rights based commitments of the peace settlement, including those originally designed as to act as safeguards on the NI Executive and Assembly, remain unimplemented or have been misimplemented. Fresh cross-party talks to restore power sharing have been announced for May 2019. However, there is little point in restoring the institutions only for them to fail to deliver and collapse again for the same reasons. Conscious of this, the Equality Coalition has developed a ‘Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing’.

Manifesto for a Rights Based Return to Power Sharing

An Irish language version has also been published, with help from Conradh na Gaeilge. A larger font version in either language is available upon request – email equalitycoalition@caj.org.uk or call 028 9031 6000.

Equal to the Task? Investigative powers and effective enforcement of the ‘Section 75’ equality duty – an Equality Coalition Research Report
Published January 2018

Notwithstanding significant pockets of good practice, it has been a strategic concern of the Equality Coalition for some time that the Section 75 equality duty is being regularly flaunted by many public authorities. This report examines the current situation and makes recommendations to improve adherence to the statutory equality duties going forwards.

Executive Summary

Full Report