Category: Rights

Catherine Ferrin talks to VIEW about her role in helping women suffering domestic abuse

Catherine Ferrin, team leader for Outreach Services for Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid, talks to journalist Kathryn Johnston about her role in helping women who are suffering domestic violence.“Remember years ago when people wore rubber bands with ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ written on them? A woman suffering domestic violence has an invisible rubber band on…

Garda rejects Kincora probe author’s request for Mountbatten files

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has refused an author’s request to view Garda security logs of Northern Ireland-registered cars which travelled between Belfast and Classiebawn Castle in Co Sligo, the late Earl Mountbatten’s summer home.Andrew Lownie, author of The Mountbattens: Their Lives And Loves, has told the Belfast Telegraph that Mr Harris, a former senior PSNI…

We all knew that one day Lyra McKee would make international headlines but never could any of us have imagined that those headlines would tell how she was cut down in the line of duty to become the latest victim of the Troubles

The Cold Case Detectives by Lyra McKee Lyra McKee is a freelance journalist and writer Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. So does this one. It can be summarised as a bullet, a bullet, and a bullet.This was Lyra McKee’s foreword to a collection of essays called ‘Paper Trailers’ – a…

That’s me in the corner… well, tagged on at the end anyway.

Conference explores human rights and journalism If Friday’s session “Human Rights and Journalism” proved nothing else, it confirmed the deficits among media both here and abroad, particularly when it comes to reporting women and minority groups.The Friday discussion was part of the three-day Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference. The theme this year was “Human Rights:…

When Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in May 1979, Martin McGuinness promised her a ‘long, hot summer’ … the IRA chief of staff had already identified his target: Lord Mountbatten

But a new book suggests the threat to the 70-year-old earl was well-known and key flaws in his security handed his killers their opportunityForty years ago today, Martin McGuinness, chief of staff of the IRA since 1978, was on the verge of realising the ambition he had vowed to fulfil when he took command. He…

Smack and Snowflakes

Sometimes life smacks you in the face.Yesterday I went to public toilets in Belfast and saw what I thought was a bundle of rags in a cubicle. Until I realised I could see an elbow. And the plastic plunger of a syringe. I’m not going to go into all the details.  It is enough to…

The delicate balance in the Middle East after the death of Morsi and the conflicts of the Islamic world

Five was the number of explosions occurred last May in Kirkuk, a city in the northern Iraq. And it is in this delicate context that the Islamic State (ISIS) has decided to show that it still exists.Many jihadists, in fact, have returned and are returning from Syria. On the basis of what has been stated…