Protest rallies were carried out across Ireland on Thursday after the #IBelieveHer hashtag trended on Twitter in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial. Photgraph: Pacemaker Press

Rape is an exceptional crime. Yet it continues, at most stages in our criminal justice system, to be treated like any other crime. Despite the traum(...)

‘A blanket ban on foreign funding can never be human rights compliant,’ said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restrictions on the right of non-governmental organisations to receive foreign funding breach EU, UN and Council of Europe legal obligations and threa(...)

State’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon. Mr Shannon has said legislation should be introduced compelling schools to have a strong disciplinary code on bullying and cyberbullying. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legislation should be introduced compelling schools to have a strong disciplinary code on bullying and cyberbullying, the State’s Special Rapporteur o(...)

A US soldier holding a dog in front an Iraqi detainee at Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. Photograph: AP Photo/The Washington Post

The abhorrent practice of torture is a curious thing. Governments will almost never admit to perpetrating it while, at the same time, it is p(...)

The findings of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency survey on violence against women are important and shocking. The study of 42,000 women acros(...)

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