Community, justice & civil liberties
ARN envisages bringing people together and building communities with one aim to empower us all to solve our problems when faced with injustice.
We aim to;
- Create awareness on justice and advocacy.
- Provide learning though toolkits and best practices.
- Engage with people to build a commensal society.
- Advocate for us all.
Our Values and Vision.
The imposition laws can, especially emergency powers, wholeheartedly, disrupt our lives, infringe our human rights and lead to widespread vulnerability across society.
Where the government intervenes through regulations, for example, introducing certificates and identification documents to enjoy socialising unhindered, medical status to avail of essential services along with policies on face coverings, especially and only for children, there is a grave danger we are being led, unwittingly, into the formation of a two-tier society where our relationships are, very worryingly, no longer commensal or symbiotic but adversarial having a perspective from conflict.
This leads to the obvious consequences of discrimination, inequality, lack of freedom of choice but more worryingly, to vulnerabilities that remain hidden, which are the greatest concern.
There is always a balance to be maintained in the protection of public health, however, in striving to maintain that balance those who govern us should exercise the power, we grant them through our votes, with credibility and reliability.
More importantly, it needs to be demonstrated that governing systems, even through times of emergency and urgency, accord with laws designed to deal with civil contingencies, for example the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.
We need a proactive method with an effective process that leads to the evidence allowing us to assess laws, regulations, plans, policy, guidance and practices and how these proposals seeking to restrict our lives are to be enacted by various government agencies and statutory bodies who will seek to enact and enforce them.
It is wholly unjust for us to be limited in and by only reactively interrogating and refuting people’s perspectives, opinion and evidence and how government and various government agencies and statutory bodies enact, enforce and rule from a singular decree either before, during and after decisions when evident harm is and has been experienced.
When harm is likely to be experienced should also be included, our courts already act under this concept of the likelihood of harm within The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, section 50. Care orders and supervision orders.
Undoubtedly, many people across multiple issues have and are, wrongly, prevented from exercising their rights being denied freedoms often by decree, based upon policy and guidance in the absence of laws.
This is not our vision of a resilient community, that is not justice and through ARN we hope to create a more resilient people in society.