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.

 

ICCL Submission to the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (November 2007)

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  • November 2, 2007

ICCL Submission to the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe November 2007.

Monitoring Civil and Political Rights in Ireland, 2007

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  • July 19, 2007

ICCPR Information Sheet on Joint Project 2007

Garda Pocket Human Rights Guide, published in association with An Garda Síochána (April 2007)

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  • April 6, 2007

Garda Pocket Human Rights Guide, published in association with An Garda Síochána (April 2007)

Propositions 1-4 on the Protection of Children: The ICCL Position on the Minister for Children’s Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (February 2007) [Papers One and Two]

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  • February 1, 2007

Propositions 1-4 on the Protection of Children: The ICCL Position on the Minister for Children’s Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (February 2007) [Papers One and Two]

Govt attempts to muzzle EU rendition committee backfire, says the ICCL

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  • January 23, 2007
“The EU Parliament Committee investigating allegations of the CIA use of European countries for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners (TDIP) has today slammed the Irish Government’s collusion in rendition,” according to the ICCL’s ...

Protecting Civil Liberties Promoting Human Rights 30 years of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties

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  • May 20, 2006

Written by journalist Carl O'Brien in May 2006, this publication charts the contribution of the Irish Concil for Civil Liberties (ICCL) to the protection and promotion of human rights in Ireland over the last three decades.

One Year On: Comments on the Implementation by the Irish Government of the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the ICCL co-wrote this report) (May 2006)

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  • May 5, 2006

One Year On: Comments on the Implementation by the Irish Government of the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination the ICCL co-wrote this report May 2006.

Preliminary Submission to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) March 2006

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  • March 10, 2006

The present submission focuses on a number of key areas in respect of which the ICCL believes the CPT should consider making use of its powers under the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture, namely: the legal position of detainees in police custody; combating impunity; training of law enforcement personnel and the treatment of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation.

ICCL Submission to the Government's Consultation on the Content of its First Report under the United Nation's Convention Against Torture January 2006

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  • January 12, 2006

ICCL Submission to the Government's Consultation on the Content of its First Report under the United Nation's Convention Against Torture

CADIC Information for Migrant Parents of Irish Children Decmeber 2004

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  • December 10, 2004

CADIC Information for Migrant Parents of Irish Children Frequently asked questions regarding Recent Government Announcement concerning Residency of Migrant Parents of Irish Children

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