Archive for 2012

Know Your Rights - Civil Partners and Other Same Sex Couples

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  • December 20, 2012


The latest in the ICCL's Know Your Rights series will be launched tonight by the Chief Justice, the Hon. Mrs Justice Susan Denham in the Four Courts.

Know Your Rights: The Rights and Obligations of Civil Partners and other Same-Sex Couples is the latest in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series, which is designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under key areas of the law. The pack was produced in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and was authored by Dr Fergus Ryan of Dublin Institute of Technology. It explains in plain English the rights and obligations created by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. The pack will be available for free download from this page, via GLEN's website ( and via from later this evening (20 December 2012).

ICCL Welcomes Cabinet Abortion Decision; Warns against “Backsliding”

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  • December 18, 2012
Statement, for immediate release. Dublin, 18 December 2012Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the decision by Cabinet today to put in place a legislative and regulatory regime to provide clear ...

Applications now open for 2013 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

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  • December 13, 2012

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We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the 2013 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, Ireland’s only human-rights themed short film competition.

Now entering its fifth year, the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards invites filmmakers and activists of diverse backgrounds to submit an original short film focusing on a particular human rights issue. Over the past four years, the competition has produced shortlisted films of outstanding quality which cast light on a range of human rights issues in new and creative ways. The competition deadline is 15 April 2013, and full details of how to apply are available in the application pack, available to download om the competition website,

Dollhouse and Disco Pigs director Kirsten Sheridan has been a supporter and Jury member for the competition since its inception in 2008. Speaking on the 2013 competition’s launch she said:
“It has been a pleasure to see the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards go from strength to strength since I first got involved in it in 2008. Its aim has been to link up creative people with human rights activists, and to encourage the application of the filmmaker’s craft to the cause of human rights. As it enters its fifth year, the competition has achieved this aim admirably, producing shortlists that are varied, colourful, inspiring, and demonstrate the power of film in treating complex issues  in a compelling and accessible way. I look forward to seeing what entries in 2013 bring to the competition”.

End “Chilling” Effect of Abortion Law on Women and Doctors, Europe tells Government

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  • December 10, 2012
Press release, for immediate release, Dublin, 10 December 2012In its December 2010 judgment in the case of A, B and C v Ireland, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ireland had violated the human rights of a woman who had been unable to det...

Ireland under New Abortion Law Spotlight in Strasbourg

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  • December 5, 2012
Press release, for immediate release Dublin, 5 December 2012Only weeks after the tragic death in Galway University Hospital of Savita Halappanavar, Ireland’s abortion laws are once again under the spotlight at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to...

“Lucid and Authoritative” Report Provides “Baseline” for Abortion Law Reform says ICCL

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  • November 27, 2012
Press Release – for immediate releaseDublin, 27 November 2012Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the  Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the publication today (27 November 2011) of the 58-page Report of the Expert Group on the Ju...

Department of Health Cannot Disregard Euro Inquires Law, Watchdog Warns

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  • November 23, 2012
ICCL Press Release, for immediate release, Dublin, 23 November 2012Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today warned that it is not an option for the Department of Health to “disregard the law” when ...

ICCL reacts to removal of UHG consultants from HSE's Savita inquiry team

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  • November 21, 2012
ICCL Statement,4.30pm, Dublin, 20 November 2012 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has reacted to this afternoon’s confirmation by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the three Galway-based hospital consultants on...

Rights Watchdog Backs Call for Independent Inquiry Into Savita Death

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  • November 20, 2012
ICCL Statement. Dublin, 20 November 2012Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has strongly backed calls by Savita Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, for the inquiry into his wife’s death to be fully indepen...

Sherrard Street Becomes “Equality Street” as Youthreach Student Scoops ICCL Youthreach Human Rights Prize

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  • November 14, 2012


Grace Callery (right) Sherrard Street Youthreach Centre, winner of the ICCL Youthreach Human Rights competition here with Sinead Kennedy of RTE Two Tube. Her winning entry was a branding campaign on equality called 'D1 Equality Street' here holding some of her design work. Photo by Derek Speirs

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