Asylum seekers protesting against conditions at Birchwood House direct provision centre in 2014: “Who benefits from imposing a structure on people that strips them of their dignity and identity?” Photograph:  Patrick Browne

It’s not enough to feel sad about direct provision. In January, during a United Nations committee examining the rights of children in Ireland, Childre(...)

UN resolution 2254, mandating last week’s Syria peace talks in Geneva, required an end to airstrikes and humanitarian relief for suffering civilians. (...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket firing drill by anti-aircraft units of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), in this undated file photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang last November. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea may launch a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite as soon as Sunday, after bringing forward and shortening the t(...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange squints in the sunlight as he prepares to speak from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a UN panel rule(...)

A British government spokesman on Friday: ‘We completely reject any claim that Julian Assange is a victim of arbitrary detention’. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The UK Foreign Office has said the UN working group’s decision on Julian Assange “changes nothing” and it “completely rejects” any claim he is a vi(...)

 David Ford: to appeal judgment.  Photograph: Arthur Allison.

The Belfast High Court judgment on access to abortion in the North has rightly been described as historic. The outcome of the case taken by the Northe(...)

Syrians gather at the site following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on Thursday. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on Aleppo as Russian bombardment and advances by pro-Assad militias come close to(...)

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announces the suspension of peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzin/Keystone via APi

The main Syrian opposition and government have traded blame for the suspension of UN mediated talks to end the four-year old war in Syria, but sponsor(...)

UN committee says Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act  ‘prevents doctors from being able to provide services in accordance with objective medical practice’.

Abortion should be decriminalised “in all circumstances” and current Irish legislation should be reviewed to ensure women have “access to safe abortio(...)

Since leaving Ireland 14 years ago, Aonghus Kelly (pictured above with his girlfriend) has lived in New Zealand, Bosnia, and the UK, working as a prosecution lawyer on war crimes, organised crimes and terrorism cases.

I have been living away from Ireland now for 12 of the last 14 years. To paraphrase Dickens, it has been the best of times and the worst of times. (...)