Emma DeSouza is a writer, political commentator and civil rights activist. She successfully reaffirmed the identity and citizenship provisions of the Good Friday Agreement by securing legislative changes to domestic UK immigration law. She works in the area of constitutional law and is an advocate for the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and enforceable human rights protections in Northern Ireland. Her writing focuses on politics across these islands and the reflection of present day Northern Ireland.
She is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and has also been published in the Guardian, Byline Times, Huffpost UK, The Irish Examiner, Irish News, Journal.ie and Sunday Business Post.
Emma is working on her first book on the power of civil rights movements and how individuals can challenge the state and change the law.
Could mandatory voting fix Northern Ireland’s dysfunctional politics?
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As world leaders meet in Belfast, it’s clear the DUP is running out of road
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Poverty and deprivation lie behind the Easter Monday riots in Derry
OPINION: Without targeted investment and development, Derry remains stuck in a cycle of inevitable violence
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OPINION: It’s worrying that a paper undermining the Good Friday Agreement has been welcomed by influential politicians
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The DUP’s boycott of Stormont has caused political paralysis. Is it time to change how Northern Ireland operates?