Mary Robinson: Access to justice is at the ‘very core of democracy’ and without it and the rule of law, ‘we don’t have anything’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

More than five billion people worldwide have no meaningful access to justice and the problem has worsened in the last two decades, former president Ma(...)

Francie McGuigan and Liam Shannon, two of the Hooded Men. ‘History has proven me right,’ Mr McGuigan recalls in the documentary, which is to be broadcast on TG4 on Wednesday

The failure of the European Court of Human Rights to uphold a ruling of torture against the British government early in the Troubles “opened the door (...)

Demonstrators hold a picture of jailed Catalan separatist Jordi Cuixart and wave Catalan pro-independence Estelada flags during a protest against the trial of former Catalan separatist leaders in Barcelona. Photograph:  Pau Barrena / AFP

Jordi Cuixart, one of nine Catalan leaders recently given lengthy jail terms for sedition, says his imprisonment will help his region gain independenc(...)

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(...)

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