Yesterday, on 1st March 2021, HIV Ireland hosted a webinar to launch their new Media Reporting Guidelines, to help journalists and editors in how to talk about HIV and AIDS. I was fortunate to be asked to take part as … Continue reading Zero Discrimination Day 2021 marked by launch of Media Reporting Guidelines
The Department of Justice and Equality of the Government of Ireland is currently consulting on what improvements to the law on hate speech can be made. The Closing Date for consultation is 13th December 2019. If you would like further information, please visit the website below. http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Hate_Speech_Public_Consultation#Make_a_submission Continue reading Hate Speech Public Consultation – Ireland
From yesterday, following a legal move1 made by the North’s health minister, it is now possible to buy HIV self-testing kits and to test yourself for HIV. Speaking on World AIDS Day, [Simon Hamilton MLA] said: “The change in the law will allow … Continue reading HIV self tests now available in North thanks to legal change
It is time to say Yes to Equality, to say Yes to Love, and to Say No to discrimination against people of the same sex who love each other. Sitting in Dublin, one could be complacent about Equal Marriage given … Continue reading Time for Equal Marriage in Gibraltar
Every now and then, politicians surprise me. For instance, The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA is supporting religious freedom and freedom of conscience. This has been highlighted by Faith and Pride: Glad @dupleader is taking a strong stand for freedom of conscience. http://t.co/vm2EjzLFTd — Faith And Pride (@FaithAndPride) March 9, 2015 Perhaps you should read what Faith and Pride has said about his comments… Support Religious Freedom, Support Same-Sex marriage Continue reading Politicians sometimes surprise me…
All of us who are living with HIV are concerned at how the reform of the welfare system which has been initiated by HM Government at Westminster is going to affect our lives. For those of us in Northern Ireland … Continue reading Welfare reform: how will it affect me?
In October 2012 the High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that the ban on same-sex couples here adopting children is unlawful. The Court of Appeal upheld this decision in June of this year when the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s appeal was dismissed. Today we hear that the DUP Minister of Health, Edwin Poots MLA is appealing this decision to the Supreme Court.
Earlier this week the Rt Hon Peter Robinson
MP MLA, First Minister of Northern Ireland wrote an opinion piece for the Belfast Telegraph, it is reproduced helpfully on the DUP website. At the top of that page on their site the DUP say that the First Minister
argues that a peaceful future can only be built on mutual respect, tolerance and an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and the democratic process.”
Well I have news for him, the actions of his Executive colleague suggest that the DUP does not like it when the law says one thing and they want to do the opposite. As John O’Doherty from The Rainbow Project says,
It is not the place of the courts to implement the personal prejudices of Ministers.”
Like the President of NUS–USI, Rebecca Hall, I think that this is disgraceful that the Minister is using public money to fund this action.
Does the Minister not accept the ruling of the High Court as well as that of the Court of Appeal? Does he believe that the Northern Ireland government is above the law? Continue reading “First Minister wants to ‘move Northern Ireland forward’ – pity his colleague in Health department is set to take us backwards”
Mr Justice Harman, voted by lawyers three times as the “worst judge in Britain”, resigned in 1998. He once, when a female witness said her title was “Ms”, replied: “I’ve always thought there were only three kinds of women: wives, whores, and mistresses. Which are you?” —“Classic judicial clangers” by Gary Slapper in The Times, May 23, 2013 accessed online http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/student-law/article3770657.ece Continue reading A judicial clanger…