Yes campaigners during the abortion referendum count at Dublin Castle in May 2018. ‘If you legalise abortion, that right to abortion must be practically available to those who are entitled to it,’ said human rights expert Máiréad Enright. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Major human rights violations which are “embedded” in the 2018 abortion legislation must be addressed as part of a forthcoming review, a human rights (...)

An undated handout photo made available by Britain’s Metropolitan Police Service shows a man known as ‘Sergey Fedotov’ (issued on Tuesday). Photograph: EPA

British police said on Tuesday a third Russian had been charged in absentia with the 2018 Novichok murder attempt on former double agent Sergei Skripa(...)

A British inquiry concluded in 2016 that Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to kill  Alexander Litvinenko. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik

Russia was responsible for the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. Former Russian spy Litvine(...)

Migrants in the tent camp close to the Lithuania-Belarus border near Medininkai, Lithuania. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

Poland and Latvia have defended their treatment of migrants who are trapped on their borders with Belarus, after the European Court of Human Rights (E(...)

The review will take European law into account, particularly rulings from the European Court of Human Rights and how they might impact on the Offences Against the State Acts 1939 to 1998.

International views on the State’s Special Criminal Court are to be sought out by an inquiry led by a former Court of Appeal judge into the operation (...)

President Michael D Higgins has said he believes the religious oath should be replaced with an affirmation. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

The State’s vigorous defence of the religious oath shows what can happen when matters of public policy end up in the hands of lawyers. Róisín Shortal(...)

Graffiti on the Falls Road, Belfast. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

Fifty years on, survivors recall the horrors inflicted upon them during the policy of internment in Northern Ireland When the crash of the door (...)

Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro has asked the country’s constitutional court to examine whether the European Convention on Human Rights is applicable as a whole in Poland. Photograph: Attila Husejnow/SOPA/LightRocket via Getty

Poland has ramped up its battle with Europe by questioning the right of European courts to rule on the legality of its contested judicial reforms. Po(...)

Ex-gratia scheme arises from  ECHR case won seven years ago by Louise O’Keeffe (above), who was abused in the 1970s by Leo Hickey, then principal of the national school in Dunderrow. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeeney/Provision

The revised Department of Education scheme for compensating people who suffered sexual abuse while in day schools has been criticised on two separate (...)

Louise O’Keeffe: the mother of two was sexually abused by a teacher in a Co Cork primary school in the 1970s. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

The special rapporteur on child protection, Professor Conor O’Mahony has accused the Department of Education of trying to limit the number of people e(...)

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