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Lessons from the Past? Northern Ireland, Terrorism Now and Then, and the Human Rights Act

Aileen McColgan

in The Legal Protection of Human Rights

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606078
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606078.003.0009
Lessons from the Past? Northern Ireland, Terrorism Now and Then, and the Human Rights Act

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This chapter dramatically recounts the history of civil rights violations in Northern Ireland and uses this to illustrate the continuing inability of judges to make a significant impact on civil rights outcomes. Recent responses to anti-terrorist laws and the use of torture demonstrate the same pattern of failure to intervene to prevent abuses of human rights. The fact that we are currently dealing with a repetition of the human rights situation in Northern Ireland provides little confidence in the capacity of any branch of government of civil society to avoid similar disappointments.

Keywords: civil rights; Northern Ireland; torture; terrorism; internment; Bloody Sunday

Chapter.  16351 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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