An image from March 2018 showing seven of the 14 ‘hooded men’, who were kept in hoods while interned in Northern Ireland in 1971. (From left) Jim Auld, Patrick McNally, Liam Shannon, Fracncie McGuigan, Davy Rodgers, Brian Turley and Joe Clarke. Photograph: PA

Interrogation techniques used against the so-called Hooded Men during internment in Northern Ireland would be torture if deployed today, the Court of (...)

Huts at Long Kesh internment camp back in 1971

Internment without trial, called Operation Demetrius, was introduced in Northern Ireland by the Stormont unionist government early on the morning of A(...)

Law-enforcement officers detain a participant in a rally calling for opposition candidates to be registered for elections in Moscow. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Russian law enforcers have opened a new front in the Kremlin’s battle with Alexei Navalny on Saturday accusing the opposition leader’s anti-corruption(...)

Louise O’Keeffe with the Spirit of Mother Jones award. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Campaigner Louise O’Keeffe told of how honoured and humbled she felt to become the first Cork person to receive the Spirit of Mother Jones Award, whic(...)

Louise O’Keeffe who was abused by schoolteacher in the 1970s has spent 15 years trying to get justice for herself and other victims of school abuse. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

Cork woman, Louise O’Keeffe is to be honoured for her work campaigning for justice for victims of child sexual abuse in Irish schools when she receive(...)

Human rights activist Sebnem Korur Fin  in front of Istanbul’s courthouse after she was acquitted  along with the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and another rights activists on charges of making “terror propaganda” for Kurdish militants. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

An Istanbul court on Wednesday acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) as well as two other campaigners for press free(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  accepted people like Louise O’Keeffe were failed a number of times. Photograph: PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has apologised on behalf of the State to people who were sexually abused in day schools and for the delay afterwards in acknowl(...)

The Council of Europe’s founding members were all western European states with broadly similar values, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain it rapidly expanded eastwards to take in a swathe of ex-Soviet bloc states in transition to democracy. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A defining moment in this era of constant tension between Europe and Russia played out this week in an unlikely setting. In the vast, cavernous chambe(...)

On Tuesday, five years after Russia was stripped of its voting rights at the council’s parliamentary assembly over the illegal annexation of Crimea, member states voted to readmit Russia’s representatives as full voting members. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The dispute within the Council of Europe over Russia’s membership of the organisation has exposed a deep fault line. On Tuesday, five years after Russ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

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