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.

 

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ICCL Statement re recent comments by media & political commentators from religious right

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  • May 13, 2015
ICCL Statement The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has noted recent comments by certain media and political commentators from the religious right insinuating that the ICCL has received funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies that is being u...

Survivors of Symphysiotomy Being "Denied Effective Remedies", Rights Groups Say

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  • May 1, 2015
Press Release - for immediate release Friday 1 May 2015 Survivors of Symphysiotomy and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) have expressed their "grave disappointment" at today's High Court judgment in a case involving a 'prophylactic' symphy...

Campaign Groups calling for repeal of ‘1871 Lunacy Act’ to present petition to Oireachtas Human Rights Sub-Committee

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  • March 31, 2015
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ICCL welcomes new Parliamentary Rights and Equality Body

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  • March 25, 2015
Press release, for immediate release Wednesday, 25 March 2015 The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the establishment of a new Parliamentary mechanism to assist in the promotion and protection of human rights. Established just day...

Advocacy and rights groups criticise government’s Magdalene Bill as unacceptable, unfair and full of broken promises to survivors.

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  • January 19, 2015
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ICCL welcomes Mother and Baby homes inquiry; calls for justice for Magdalene and Symphysiotomy survivors

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  • January 9, 2015
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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

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

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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 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...
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