Human Rights

Monitoring Human Rights

The ICCL plays a watchdog role by tracking the Government’s compliance with its obligations under human rights law and by ensuring that Ireland is held to account before international human rights bodies.

We regularly prepare legal analyses of proposed legislation or conduct original research on pressing issues to educate the public and decision-makers on gaps in human rights protection.

We also co-ordinate or contribute to NGO ‘shadow reports’ which are relied upon by human rights bodies to get an independent illustration of  Ireland’s compliance with its human rights obligations.

In some instances, the ICCL makes presentations directly to the United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe (COE) human rights bodies in order to inform their final conclusions on Ireland. The ICCL’s most recent activities on this front took us to Geneva where we and our NGO partners briefed the UN on Ireland’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

 

Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

Bringing Human Rights to Life

The ICCL works to improve the capacity of groups representing marginalised communities, in particular to support them to use human rights tools.

For example, the ICCL is working with Amnesty International (Irish Section) on a ‘shadow reporting’ kit to enhance the capacity of organisations to report to international treaty bodies.

Raising Awareness of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is the regional human rights treaty of the Council of Europe. Ireland is one of 46 countries which have signed up to the ECHR and it was recently given further effect in Irish law through the ECHR Act 2003. The ICCL promotes awareness of this Act through its policy and research work, by delivering training on human rights proofing and producing information material on the ECHR.

Calling for Robust Privacy Standards

The ICCL campaigns to safeguard the right to private life in Ireland in accordance with Article 8 (right to private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Current laws protect some aspects of privacy but neglect others. The ICCL is conducting ongoing research on the gaps present in Ireland’s privacy regime.

We are also actively calling for the introduction of better safeguards of privacy in Ireland in the areas of data protection, surveillance and biometric identity. Most recently the ICCL campaigned at the 2008 Electric Picnic in Stradbally Co Laois, collecting over 3000 signatures for an open letter to Minister for Justice, calling for the introduction of robust laws for the protection of our privacy.

 

Irish Centre for Human Rights and ICCL win top EU Rights Contract

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  • October 14, 2014
Joint Press Release from Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR), NUI Galway & the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Tuesday, 14 October, 2014 The Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR), NUI Galway, in close collaboration with project partner t...

Watchdog welcomes UN call for constitutional reform on abortion

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  • July 24, 2014
Watchdog welcomes UN call for constitutional reform on abortion Press release, for immediate release Thursday 24 July 2014 Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (Thursday 24 July 2014) welcomed a c...

ICCL Wholeheartedly Endorses Coruscating UN Comments on Ireland

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  • July 15, 2014
ICCL Press Release, for immediate release Dublin/Geneva – Tuesday 15 July 2014 #ICCPR Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today ‘wholeheartedly’ endorsed the coruscating comments made b...

UN Experts Told Ireland Needs New Rights Protections

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  • July 14, 2014
ICCL Press Release, for immediate release Dublin/Geneva - Monday 14 July 2014 #ICCPR This afternoon (Monday 14 July 2014) Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will tell the UN's top human rights ex...

Media Advisory - Rights Groups Gather in Dublin as Ireland Faces UN in Geneva

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  • July 11, 2014
Rights Groups Gather in Dublin as Ireland Faces UN in Geneva Media Advisory – For event taking place Monday 14 July 2014: -  ‘The Human Rights Green Room’, Goldsmith Hall, The Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 2 from 2pm. - A live web screenin...

Voices of Displaced People Ring Out at ICCL Human Rights Film Awards

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  • June 26, 2014

Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom (ICCL Awards) from Niamh Heery on Vimeo.

 

Irish documentary maker Niamh Heery was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2014 Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards this evening (Thursday 26 June 2014) for her film Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom, which explores the lives of asylum seekers living in the Harmanli camp in Bulgaria.

Commenting on the winning film today, Awards Jury member and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Pamela Yates said:

“Niamh Heery’s Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom celebrates the deep humanity of the asylum seekers in Harmanli, a world which for so many feels so remote. It is a worthy winner in an outstanding field of human rights documentaries”.

The Gala Screening and Awards ceremony, which took place to a full house in Screen 1 of Dublin’s Light House Cinema, saw Second Prize go to Spanish Director Nacho Gil’s A Thin Line, a poignant short film that examines the issue of homelessness on the streets of Valencia. Third place went to director Virginia Manchado for her film Modou Modou, which follows a day in the life of an African emigrant who lives and works in London as a market labourer.

Symphysiotomy Survivors Join Rights Groups in Major Report to UN

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  • June 13, 2014
Press Release   Friday, 13 June 2014 The report can now be downloaded HERE. This morning (Friday, 13 June 2014), Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will launch a comprehensive review of Ireland’s perfor...

Intense European Scrutiny of Ireland's Abortion Law Still Needed says Watchdog

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  • June 5, 2014
Intense European Scrutiny of Ireland's Abortion Law Still Needed says Watchdog Press Release For immediate release, Thursday 5 June 2014 In Strasbourg today (5 June 2014), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe is carrying out its regula...

Film Greats Launch ICCL's Awards Shortlist

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  • June 4, 2014
L-R ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Jury members Brian Gleeson, Nicky Phelan (Brown Bag Films), Conor McPherson and Lenny Abrahamson A Jury comprising some of Ireland’s leading filmmaking, screenwriting and acting talent met today (Wednesday 4 June ...

Film Greats Launch ICCL's Awards Shortlist

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  • June 4, 2014

Brian Gleeson, Nicky Phelan, Conor McPherson, Lenny Abrahamson

L-R ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Jury members Brian Gleeson, Nicky Phelan (Brown Bag Films), Conor McPherson and Lenny Abrahamson

A Jury comprising some of Ireland’s leading filmmaking, screenwriting and acting talent met today (Wednesday 4 June 2014) to announce the shortlist of six outstanding short film entries to the 2014 Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards.

The cream of international entries to Ireland’s only human rights-themed short film competition was announced at a photocall today in Dublin’s Smithfield by Awards Jury members, including Frank director Lenny Abrahamson, playwright and screenwriter Conor McPherson (I Went Down, The Actors, The Eclipse) and Love/Hate’s Brian Gleeson.

The shortlist consists of six hard-hitting documentaries that combine filmmaking with international human rights activism. Issues explored include homelessness, the arts and their impact on health, immigration, holocaust survivors, the land/food crisis in Guatamala and the plight of Syrian refugees.

The films are now available to view on the Awards website HERE. The ICCL will host a star-studded Gala screening of the six shortlisted films on 26 June 2014 in Dublin’s Light House Cinema.

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