Bitter Legacy

Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 11:00 am

Zoom - Virtual

Event Details

Bitter Legacy: How the Northern Ireland Conflict Continues to Shape Human Rights Today

Join us for a discussion on the Northern Ireland conflict’s impact on human rights globally, featuring Dr. Brian Dooley from Human Rights First and guest Sara Duddy from the Pat Finucane Centre.

This event will explain the context of the recently released report “Bitter Legacy: State Impunity in the Northern Ireland Conflict” produced by the International Expert Panel convened by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. The report, an in-depth analysis of British security forces’ actions during the Northern Ireland conflict, underscores the urgent need for this discussion.

Date & Time: May 2, 2024, 11:00 – 11:30 AM EDT
Location: Online (Zoom Webinar)

Why This Matters:
  • Insightful Analysis: Dr. Brian Dooley and Sara Duddy bring extensive expertise in international human rights and Northern Ireland’s unique challenges. They will explain the findings of the report into impunity for state security forces, and critique Britain’s new controversial law which will further undermine the pursuit of truth and accountability.
  • Direct Relevance: Scheduled the week the significant report is released, and as the new law shuts down cases addressing the conflict, this webinar offers an immediate examination of current events and legal shifts, along with its impact on human rights advocacy globally.
  • Interactive Engagement: Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers through a Q&A session, providing a platform to discuss how these developments affect not only Northern Ireland but also international human rights practices.
About the Report:

The “Bitter Legacy” report assesses the extents of state impunity during the Northern Ireland conflict, including unprosecuted cases of killings, torture, and collusion by security forces. Authored by an international panel, including Dooley and other international human rights experts, and former police officers, the report challenges the incoming Legacy Act which prevents future legal reviews of past injustices.

About the Speakers:
  • Dr. Brian Dooley is an influential voice in international human rights circles, focusing particularly on policy development and advocacy concerning Northern Ireland.
  • Sara Duddy is renowned for her dedicated human rights work with the Pat Finucane Centre, especially her efforts to bring justice to victims and challenge systemic impunity.

This event is a must-attend for anyone involved in human rights, legal studies, international relations, or Irish history. It offers crucial insights into how Northern Ireland’s history continues to influence human rights discussions globally and the potential consequences of recent legislative changes.

Registration: Secure your spot today to participate in this vital conversation about the legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict and its ongoing impact on human rights worldwide.


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