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.

 

Cavan Youthreach Winner Shines New Light on Homelessness

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  • December 12, 2014

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Pictured L-R: Third Place Prizewinner Nikita Turner, Ballymun Youthreach; Second Place Prizewinner Darren Sherlock, Parnell Sq Youthreach Transition Centre, and First Place Prizewinner Jamie Mullarkey of Cavan Youthreach

A new light was shone on the homelessness crisis today (Friday 12 December 2014) at a ceremony in Dublin, where Cavan Youthreach’s Jamie Mullarkey was awarded first prize in the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Youthreach Human Rights Competition, for his uniquely creative lightbox installation entitled ‘Have you ever felt invisible before’.

The installation – a mixed media piece combining Perspex, wood, photography and lighting - is “designed to encourage the public to consider the invisibility and anonymity of life on the streets for those experiencing homelessness”, explained Jamie at today’s ceremony

Read more HERE.

Cavan Youthreach Shines New Light on Homelessness in Human Rights Competition Win

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  • December 12, 2014
Pictured L-R: Third Place Prizewinner Nikita Turner, Ballymun Youthreach; Second Place Prizewinner Darren Sherlock, Parnell Sq Youthreach Transition Centre, and First Place Prizewinner Jamie Mullarkey of Cavan Youthreach ICCL Press Release 12.12.14...

Updated Press release: Varadkar’s symphysiotomy waiver “shields perpetrators” say advocates

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  • December 9, 2014
Irish Council for Civil Liberties Press Release - for immediate release Tuesday 9 December 2014 Proposals by Health Minister Leo Varadkar TD that require symphysiotomy survivors to waive their human rights have been strongly criticised by the Irish C...

PRESS CONFERENCE MEDIA ADVISORY: Rights groups call for fundamental changes to Government Symphysiotomy 
Payment Scheme as vital hospital records emerge

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  • December 8, 2014
Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Amnesty International Ireland join
forces with Survivors of Symphysiotomy to strongly criticise the terms and 
conditions of the Government's Payment Scheme. MEDIA ADVISORY For Irish Council for Civil Liberti...

Varadkar’s symphysiotomy waiver “shields perpetrators” say advocates

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  • December 2, 2014
Joint Irish Council for Civil Liberties/ Survivors of Symphysiotomy Press Release Tuesday 2 December 2014 Proposals by Health Minister Leo Varadkar TD that require symphysiotomy survivors to waive their human rights have been strongly criticised by n...

Irish Rights Leader Elected to Key European Anti-Torture Role

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  • November 27, 2014
The Agora Building, Council of Europe, Strasbourg. Headquarters of the CPT. Photo: Council of Europe ICCL Press release – for immediate release Strasbourg / Dublin, 27 November 2014 The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe yes...

Progress on Children’s Rights Celebrated at Launch of New Guide

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  • November 26, 2014

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(L to R) CEO of the Childrens Rights Alliance Tanya Ward, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs James Reilly TD & Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Director Mark Kelly during the launch of  'Know Your Rights- The Rights of Children & Young People' at European Parliament House, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin on 26 November 2014.

Progress made in entrenching the rights of children and young people has been celebrated at the launch of a new guide to their rights by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs today (Wednesday 26 November 2014).  The guide, ‘Know Your Rights – The Rights of Children and Young People’, is a joint publication of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Children’s Rights Alliance.

‘Know Your Rights – The Rights of Children and Young People’ is the latest in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series. It is the first guide of its kind which seeks to comprehensively and accessibly outline the rights of children and young people in Ireland, and has been awarded a Plain English mark by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). 

- ‘Know Your Rights: The Rights of Children and Young People’ 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 Children’s Rights Alliance, and explains these rights in plain English. See www.knowyourrights.ie for more details about the Know Your Rights project.

 

Progress on Children’s Rights Celebrated at Launch of New Guide

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  • November 26, 2014
(L to R) CEO of the Childrens Rights Alliance Tanya Ward, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs James Reilly TD & Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Director Mark Kelly during the launch of  'Know Your Rights- The Rights of Childre...

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...
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