Archive for 2017

ICCL calls on Department of Justice to implement Ombudsman findings on Magdalene Redress Scheme

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  • November 23, 2017

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR), Sage Support and Advocacy Service (SAGE), the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and Amnesty International Ireland have strongly welcomed today’s report by Ombudsman Peter Tyndall which finds that the Department of Justice has ‘maladaministered’ the Magdalene restorative justice scheme.

 

Noting in his report that ‘the incarceration of women in the Magdalene laundries and the forced labour to which they were subjected is one of the sorriest episodes in our history’, the Ombudsman decries the ‘opportunity lost’ to provide redress to Magdalene survivors in a spirit reflecting the apology by Enda Kenny TD in 2013.

 

 

HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS CALL ON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO IMPLEMENT OMBUDSMAN FINDINGS ON MAGDALENE REDRESS SCHEME

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  • November 23, 2017
DUBLIN, 23 NOVEMBER   HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS CALL ON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO IMPLEMENT OMBUDSMAN FINDINGS ON MAGDALENE REDRESS SCHEME   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/   The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), Justice for Magdalenes Research (JF...

ICCL & DRI Submission to Joint Committee on Justice and Equality Communications (Retention of Data) Act Bill 2017

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  • November 16, 2017

Key Recommendations 

 

Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) thank the Committee for the opportunity to make submissions on the General Scheme of the Bill. We welcome the fact that some of the issues initially raised by Digital Rights Ireland in its constitutional challenge - commenced in 2005 - are being addressed by legislation.

 

That said, the General Scheme of the Bill fails to:

  1. Meet the requirements of European Union (EU) Law set by European Court of Justice (CJEU) in its judgments in Digital Rights Ireland and Tele2;
  2. Adequately reflect European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) norms; and
  3. Include key recommendations from the Murray Review of data retention.


We therefore recommend:

Explicit protection of journalist sources.

Strict Necessity clause. 

Targeted Data retention.

A Limited Retention Period. 

Limited Third Party Access. 

Precise Definitions of data being collected.

In cases of urgency, mandate retrospective authorisation. 

In cases of urgency, require a Judge or Oversight body. 

Notification.

Compensation. 

Complaint notification reasons. 

Complaint Reporting.

Establish an independent supervisory body.

Judicial Remedy for those affected.

 

Read the full report HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S EQUALITY AND ARTICLE 40.3.3 OF THE IRISH CONSTITUTION

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  • November 7, 2017

Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution and the criminalisation of abortion

The ICCL supports the removal of Article 40.3.3 of the Irish Constitution. In addition, the ICCL supports the decriminalisation of abortion and the introduction of legislation providing for abortion services that are accessible to all women and girls in Ireland. Our references to women and girls should be understood to include people of all genders who may become pregnant.

Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups’ landmark challenge against the UK Government’s mass surveillance

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  • November 7, 2017
Today, 10 human rights organisations including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) brought a court challenge against the lawfulness of the UK Government’s mass digital surveillance regime. They argued at the European Court of Human Rights ...

Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017 signed into law

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  • November 7, 2017
Almost two years after entering into force, the EU Victims Directive was finally legislated for in Ireland with the signing into law of the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017.  The Victims’ Rights Alliance (VRA), an alliance of victim su...

Women's Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health in International Human Rights: Between Recognition, Backlash and Regressive Trends

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  • November 7, 2017

Position Paper by the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice to the UN Human Rights Council

EVENT: Abortion Laws and Human Rights - Global Experiences

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  • October 31, 2017

The International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO), along with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), invites you to a day-long conference from 8:30am on 8 November at Science Gallery Dublin, to hear from organisations and activists working on reproductive rights, as well as a keynote address by UN women’s rights expert, Frances Raday.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and lunch will be provided. Registration, with coffee, will begin at 8:30am. Please RSVP to rsvp@iccl.ie.

ICCL and Digital Rights Ireland host Public Meeting on Public Sector Cards

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  • October 4, 2017

Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Digital Rights Ireland will be hosting a public meeting on the introduction of public service cards and the national biometric database. The meeting will take place between 11am – 1pm on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 at Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

 

Key Questions on Public Service Cards still Unanswered

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  • August 30, 2017

Last Thursday, August 24th, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) wrote to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform seeking clarifications regarding the operation of the Public Service Card system. These questions remain oustanding, and ICCL is working with partners to maintain pressure on Government to address the serious privacy issues presented by the Card system. 

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