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.

 

Rights Watchdog “Gravely Concerned” by GSOC Bugging Revelations

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  • February 10, 2014
Press Statement, for immediate releaseMonday 10 February 2014In a statement issued today (Monday 10 February 2014) Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has expressed its grave concern about highl...

Pope’s Ambassador Should Give Answers on UN Vatican Abuse Report

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  • February 5, 2014
Press Release, for immediate releaseWednesday 5 February 2014Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called for the Pope’s Ambassador to Ireland (the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles John Brow...

Upcoming Event: Ireland's Human Rights Record Under the Spotlight

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  • February 4, 2014
Upcoming civil society review on 11 February 2014 - Limited spaces available. Ireland was elected to the UN Human Rights Council in 2012. But will Ireland’s seat on the Council have any impact at home? Join us for a civil society review of Irelan...

ICCL/Youthreach Human Rights Competition 2013

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  • December 13, 2013

13.12.13. Dublin. At the ICCL Youthreach Human Rights Awards Ceremony. Here with Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan are winners (L-R) Dominika Kapica of Cavan Youthreach, Charmaine Smyth of Castleblayney Youthreach and Rudine Mulhern of Cavan Youthreach.

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Young Writer's "Muddled Feelings" Impress RTE’s Blathnaid Treacy

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  • December 13, 2013
13.12.13. Dublin. At the ICCL Youthreach Human Rights Awards Ceremony. Here with RTE's Blathnaid Treacy are winners (L-R) Rudine Mulhern of Cavan Youthreach, Charmaine Smyth of Castleblayney Youthreach and Dominika Kapica of Cavan Youthreach. ...

UN ANTI-TORTURE EXPERTS PROBE IRELAND’S RIGHTS RECORD

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  • November 28, 2013
UN ANTI-TORTURE EXPERTS PROBE IRELAND’S RIGHTS RECORD PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dublin/Geneva, 28 November 2013 The UN’s top anti-torture body, the Committee Against Torture (CAT) has today (28 November 2013) posed a series of tough...

The End is Nigh for Ireland’s Blasphemy Laws says the ICCL

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  • November 3, 2013
Dublin, 3 November 2013Press release for immediate release Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has warmly welcomed the strong recommendation of the Convention on the Constitution today (Sunday, 3 November 2...

UN Rights Experts Hear Call for Independent Magdalene Investigation

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  • October 30, 2013
Press release, for immediate release Geneva / Dublin, 30 October 2013 The ongoing refusal of the Irish Government to commission an independent investigation into the treatment of women held in the Magdalene Laundries topped a list of issues brought t...

Global Human Rights Groups form International Network to Reshape Rights Landscape

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  • October 11, 2013
Global Human Rights Groups form International Network to Reshape Rights Landscape “Take Back the Streets” Report Details Excessive Police Force Against Protestors FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 October 2013 NEW YORK/DUBLIN   Ireland’s human rights ...

Best Will in the World Week 2013

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  • October 10, 2013
As one of over 80 organisations involved in the MyLegacy initiative, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties will be promoting Best Will in the World Week 2013, which takes place from 21-25 October 2013. During this week, the MyLegacy organisation, in...
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