Saturday 14 December



1. Immigrant Council: Turn Off the Red Light campaign


ICI balloons smallThe Immigrant Council of Ireland is currently one of the core members of the Turn Off the Red Light Campaign. The Turn Off The Red Light is a campaign to end prostitution in Ireland now, and to end sex trafficking to Ireland. We are campaigning to criminalise the purchase of sex. The Campaign currently has 68 members representing over 1.6 million people in Ireland. The abuse and sex trafficking by targeting demand, in other words the buyers of sex.


The publication of unanimous recommendations by the Oireachtas Justice Committee on 27 June last was a huge achievement not just for the campaign, but for the Immigrant Council of Ireland which is not only a core member but runs the secretariat and leads all advocacy and communications work around TORL.


Although significant, the recommendations of themselves will not lead to a change in Irish law. They will instead form part of the consideration by the Minister for Justice and Equality of future legislation on prostitution. It is therefore crucial to maintain the momentum of the Campaign by logging onto the action page



2. Amnesty International NI: Write for Rights, Belfast


Screen shot 2012-12-06 at 14.23.41Amnesty International's Belfast Office is organising a writing session where they ask individuals to take a few minutes (or perhaps a bit longer) to send a message of hope to someone suffering human rights abuses. It is such a simple thing, but it can mean all the difference to a prisoner in a lonely cell or to a family hoping for the return of a loved one. Amnesty will provide the cards and postage and some more background on this year's cases, and a coffee/tea and mince pie too!


The session runs from 11am to 3pm in the Amnesty Northern Ireland Office, Douglas House, 397 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GP. You can contact Amnesty's secretariat for further information. 


This event is part of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival - read more about other events on the Festival's website or follow them on their Facebook page.


3. BCLC: Talk on Constitution (17 Dec), Ballymun, Dublin


bclc logoBallymun Community Law Centre was established in 2002 to tackle unmet legal need in Ballymun. The community law centre gives people within the community access to justice by providing free legal advice, information, and representation.  It also delivers a mediation service as well as a legal education programme.


On Tuesday 17 December, BCLC will host a unchtime lecture by constitutional lawyer David Langwallner, Dean of Law Griffith College. David will introduce the Irish Constitution, examine its relevance in 2013 and consider the question of whether Ireland needs a new Constitution. 


Taking place 1-2pm, the venue is the BCLC office at Unit 2, Shangan Court, Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9. To book your place please contact BCLC at 01 – 862 5805 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .