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Emma DeSouza
Citizens rights campaigner. Seeking the right to be accepted as Irish under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Challenging the UK Govt through the courts.
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Emma DeSouza 27m
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
I'm an Irish citizen in a way beyond nationality, it is intrinsic to who I am. It's not secondary or lesser to being a British citizen & I shouldn't have to stand in court to say that. April 10th,1998 was the beginning not the end, it falls on all of us to see that work complete.
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Emma DeSouza 27m
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
We now know that this right does not exist in UK law. That whilst Ireland amended its constitution & implemented this entitlement, the British Govt did not, instead arguing that all the people of NI are British citizens & regarding being Irish as akin to being a GAA supporter.
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Emma DeSouza 27m
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
The birthright provisions of the agreement state that, "The two governments recognise the birthright of all the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British or both, as they may so chose."
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Emma DeSouza 27m
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
Understanding the significance & importance of Article 1 of the Good Friday Agreement - the birthright provisions, & subsequently learning that this fundamental provision does not exist in domestic UK law, that it is systemically disregarded by the British Govt, has been grim.
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Emma DeSouza 27m
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
Peace makers envisaged a rights based society for all of us & we, the people, have stood together to demand that future be realised. There's been highs & lows, there's been change & none but through it all there's been a determination for peace.
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Emma DeSouza 27m
The Good Friday Agreement was signed 22 years ago today. It marked the beginning of a new chapter, of hope, reconciliation & peace for the people of Northern Ireland. I was 11 when the agreement was signed & had no inkling that my adult life would become framed by defending it.
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Granite Immigration Law 2h
22 years ago today the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ was signed. Like today, that Good Friday fell on April 10th. Alliance's Stephen Farry, raised questions around 'New Decade, New Approach', which were answered by The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
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Katy Hayward 14h
Replying to @UKandEU
All this is explained in our, erm, Explainer hosted on . Take a look for more detail + bit of a headsup on the issue that may well prove a big stumbling block for the next set of UK & EU negotiations... Yup, that'll be N.Ireland 👋 7/7
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Performing Identities Apr 6
The latest pieces from Colin Murray (our half of ) on the significance of two reports (including our team's report) for the and on and for Northern Ireland in the Brexit process:
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Colin Harvey Apr 6
Another significant new contribution to the conversation by this excellent research team
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Irish Legal News Mar 28
Report calls for law change to allow Northern Ireland people to choose citizenship
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Emma DeSouza Apr 9
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
Loneliness won't disappear when the lockdown is lifted. Demographic trends mean the number of over 50s suffering from loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/6. This compares to around 1.4 million in 2016/7 – a 49% increase in 10 years – according to new research by Age UK
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Emma DeSouza Apr 9
Replying to @EmmandJDeSouza
So many of those who are vulnerable & lonely in our communities live alone & may be struggling to get the help they need during this pandemic. Look out for these people in your area, check in if you can (via phone/other social distancing means) be safe & be kind
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Emma DeSouza Apr 9
Replying to @age_uk
Well before the lockdown research showed that half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all (2016) Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (2014)
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Emma DeSouza Apr 9
Many of us will be finding this lockdown difficult, you might be missing your friends, your family or just the socialisation of being out but for the majority of us social distancing & isolation will be temporary, for others, this never ends. Loneliness is chronic across society.
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Emma DeSouza Apr 6
Not closed, really only getting started and clearly worth pointing out that we won in the first court, it took the Home Office years & multiple appeals to win one hearing which is already under appeal.
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Emma DeSouza Apr 6
Replying to @mattuthompson
A lot like this.
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The UK in a Changing Europe Apr 6
Our latest blog by reflects on two reports by: 1️⃣ the Joint Committee of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) 2️⃣ the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). Read more 🔽
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Performing Identities Mar 26
🚨JUST PUBLISHED🚨 New report from PI team members and Colin Murray ()! 'Continuing EU Citizenship “Rights, Opportunities & Benefits” in NI after Brexit' 👇
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Emma DeSouza Apr 5
Replying to @Yawn4pedro
6 months for immigration decisions in the UK also.
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