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Profile for Patrick Corrigan

I am the Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International UK and an occasional human rights blogger at Amnesty Blogs: Belfast & Beyond and an occasional hyperlocal blogger at: Newcastle Rocks. You can email me: newcastlerocks[at]ymail[dot]com. I'm on Twitter at @PatrickCorrigan

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Patrick Corrigan has posted 66 times (0 in the last month).

Queen’s Chancellor (and Commonwealth chief) under fire over Sri Lankan abuses

Wed 6 November 2013, 10:04pm

Tweet Kamalesh Sharma, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth – and Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast – is under fire after being accused of withholding crucial legal advice that could have prevented Sri Lanka from hosting the imminent heads of government meeting. The legal opinion said that the firing of the Sri Lankan chief justice by […] more »

Omagh. Time for truth.

Thu 15 August 2013, 1:32pm

Tweet Do you remember where you were when you heard about Omagh? I do. My future wife and I were down South on holiday. When the news came on the car radio – and with every bulletin, it became worse – we could hardly believe our ears. Hadn’t we just voted for peace and a […] more »

King 1963: I have a dream. Obama 2013: I have a drone

Mon 21 January 2013, 11:54am

Tweet In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. Today, fifty years on, in tribute to the great civil rights leader, the US marks Martin Luther King Jr Day with a federal holiday in his name. Today […] more »

Big Politics Pub Quiz: one day to go!

Mon 19 November 2012, 2:11pm

Tweet There’s just a day to go before the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, so we hope you’re busy swotting up from Schott’s Almanac of Political Trivia, BBC Democracy Live, Hansard, 1996 Forum Election manifestoes and your box-sets of The Thick of It / The West Wing (delete as applicable). Some of our legislators will be among […] more »

Big Politics Pub Quiz: one week to go

Mon 12 November 2012, 9:59pm

Tweet There’s just one week to go before the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, and as Malcolm Tucker once memorably said: “I’ve got a to-do list here that’s longer than a f#cking Leonard Cohen song.” The politicians are coming down from the hill and they’re headed for The Black Box. Tuesday 20 November, from 7:30pm […] more »

Red Cross reaches besieged Homs. You can help.

Mon 5 November 2012, 9:51am
Qasseer, near Homs, Syria. A doctor in a makeshift hospital carries a baby injured by shelling. Reuters/ICRC

Tweet All war is terrible. But there is something particularly terrible about a city under siege. Think of Derry, Leningrad, Sarajevo. That’s been the fate of Homs in Syria since Spring 2011. It was there that reporter Marie Colvin was killed by Syrian government shelling in February of this year. Who knows how many residents, […] more »

Hopes fading for Syria ceasefire

Fri 26 October 2012, 1:50pm
Residents queueing for bread in Ma'arat Misrin, next to a large crater from a recent air strike, Syria, Sep 2012 © Amnesty International

Tweet A four-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha has come into effect, albeit patchily, in Syria. The BBC’s Lina Sinjab reported this morning from the capital: Damascus hasn’t had a quiet morning for a long time, but so far, the ceasefire is being honoured. During the Eid holiday people visit cemeteries […] more »

Great Big Politics Pub Quiz 2012

Mon 22 October 2012, 1:17pm

Tweet For those who missed the Slugger for Syria post, this is an event announcement to confirm that the Great Big Politics Pub Quiz is back, this time to raise funds for the Red Cross / Red Crescent Syria crisis appeal. In Syria the need is desperate and the situation is deteriorating. Syrian Arab Red […] more »

Slugger for Syria

Mon 15 October 2012, 4:51pm
Aleppo mother

Tweet “An artillery shell had just landed and the hospital entrance was a grotesque tableau of blood, bodies and tears. A small team of doctors set to work against a soundtrack of bombs and bullets.” So began Ian Pannell’s BBC report from Syria last week. His words and pictures were moving, distressing, enraging: “Two-year-old Ahmed screamed […] more »

Death penalty-free world?

Tue 9 October 2012, 5:00pm

Tweet We’re winning! That’s not a claim you may hear too often from human rights activists, but in the case of the global struggle against the death penalty, it’s true. The momentum around the world is towards ending executions. The vast majority of countries have now abandoned the death penalty. On the eve of World […] more »

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  1. Comment on #Magdalene: “When the dark midnight is over, watch for the breaking of day”
    on 20 February 2013 at 12:23 pm

    And in Northern Ireland…

    No inquiry. No apology. No redress. For the moment at least.

    Magdalene Laundries operated north of the border too. From the women with whom I have spoken, the regime in NI appears to have been remarkably similar to those in the south. No surprise given they were run by some of the same people.

    These northern women deserve acknowledgment and justice no less than their southern counterparts.

    I hope the First and deputy First Ministers will show the same spirit of compassion – and action – they showed towards the victims of institutional child abuse and that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste displayed last night.

    Justice may have arrived late for the Magdalene Laundry women in the Republic, but at least it has arrived.

    More from me on HuffPo on the Northern Ireland dimension.

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  2. Comment on Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, the result: a lot of cash raised for Red Cross/Red Crescent in Syria
    on 21 November 2012 at 9:39 am

    UPDATE: Word just in from the Red Cross – final total for the evening was a splendid £1156.18 – now winging its way to help the humanitarian effort in Syria.

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  3. Comment on Great Big Politics Pub Quiz, the result: a lot of cash raised for Red Cross/Red Crescent in Syria
    on 21 November 2012 at 9:37 am

    Many thanks to all involved, including quiz-masters Mike Nesbitt, Peter Weir, Jim Wells, Conall McDevitt and Steven Agnew.

    And a last word of thanks to Alan in Belfast for, once again, pulling together all the technical aspects of the evening, including a name-that-MLA video round.

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  4. Comment on Big Politics Pub Quiz: one day to go!
    on 19 November 2012 at 3:26 pm

    £7 per person Mr FjH. You can buy your ticket in advance or at the door on Tuesday night.
    C’mon DR, you too. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

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  5. Comment on DUP leaflet accuses Alliance Party of ‘ununionist activities’…
    on 13 November 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Absolutely awful stuff.

    “For who?”
    FOR WHO?
    FOR WHO?

    Desecration of the Queen’s English.

    In her golden jubilee year too.

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  6. Comment on David Cameron and the Sash his father never wore…
    on 7 November 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Selling arms to countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE should only be considered if there are absolutely watertight guarantees over them not being used to commit human rights violations.

    If any such guarantees are forthcoming, they seem unlikely to be worth the paper they are written on.

    As Amnesty has already noted:

    “… in 2009 the Saudi air force used UK-supplied Tornado fighter-bombers in attacks in Yemen which killed hundreds – possibly thousands – of civilians. In one attack conducted by Saudi forces on the town of al-Nadir in November 2009, so many were killed in just one extended family that witnesses say the family ‘had to create a cemetery for themselves’.

    “More than two years ago we called for the UK government to urgently investigate Saudi Arabia’s involvement in this episode and meanwhile suspend any further arms supplies to Saudi Arabia.

    “In the past a large Saudi chequebook has apparently meant it could purchase weapons as well as silence over its own dreadful human rights record. It’s time for David Cameron to end this deeply disturbing trade-off.”

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  7. Comment on #SluggerUS: Join us tonight from 11pm (or just send us your best election curios)
    on 6 November 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Election curio? There’s the small life-or-death decision facing voters in California, who get to vote on Proposition 34 to abolish capital punishment.

    The abolitionists have nudged ahead in the polls, although it looks pretty tight with many voters undecided. California may be on the cusp of becoming the 18th US state to dump the death penalty…

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  8. Comment on Great Big Politics Pub Quiz 2012
    on 24 October 2012 at 10:49 am

    SDLP supporter: It’s really difficult to imagine that political activists would cheat, isn’t it? But there you go. Another illusion shattered…
    So, no phones please, smart or otherwise! Minus points if spotted. And maximum team size of, say, 6?
    HG: not feeding trolls today – sorry!

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