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South African Constitutional Court Allows Secret Ballot for Motion of No Confidence in the President

Jason Brickhill 23rd June 2017

The South African Constitutional Court yesterday upheld an application by opposition political parties setting aside the refusal of the Speaker of Parliament to direct that a vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma be decided by secret ballot. The Court stopped short of ordering the Speaker to conduct a secret ballot, but gave powerful […]

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What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

Colin Harvey 16th June 2017

Northern Ireland is figuring prominently in the news again. This time it is the discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP on the formation of a workable new British government. Developments have provoked much criticism, derision and even satirical comment. Quite a bit is directed towards human rights and equality themes. Whatever emerges officially […]

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The DUP’s Worrying Human Rights Record

Fiona de Londras 13th June 2017

As talks between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) continue in the UK, the DUP’s positions on human rights are of general interest. Although the Conservative Party manifesto committed to maintaining the Human Rights Act 1998 and membership of the European Convention on Human Rights for the life of the next Parliament, […]

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Treaty Amendments and Access to Justice at the East African Court

Tetevi Davi 9th June 2017

On 31 March 2017 the East African Court of Justice (‘the Court’) handed down its judgment in the case of Steven Deniss v The Attorney General of Burundi et al.. This judgment deals with important questions regarding the Court’s power to assess the legality of amendments to the Treaty for the Establishment of the East […]

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Preventing Torture

Nicholas Hardwick 2nd June 2017

  In March 2017, the School of Law at Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre hosted a seminar for leading members of the United Nations body tasked with preventing torture, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and other international experts on torture prevention. Torture is not […]

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