Universal Periodic Review

Ireland Again Rejects UN's Recommendations on Abortion

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  • September 23, 2016
‘Your Rights Right Now’ Press release – for immediate release Dublin and Geneva, 23 September 2016 Irish civil society groups will address the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today (Friday 23 September 2016), regarding chron...

ICCL Welcomes Government's UPR Rights Pledges

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  • May 13, 2016
  Press Release Friday 13 May 2016 Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the significant pledges to improve human rights that have been made by the new Government in response to this w...

Ireland's Human Rights Record is Under Review

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  • May 5, 2016

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This year, Ireland will undergo the second periodic examination of our human rights record under the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a peer-to-peer review process in which each of the 193 states that comprise the United Nations voluntarily submit themselves for a review of their domestic human rights record every four and a half years. This year, once again, it's Ireland's turn.

Ireland’s New Government Faces Human Rights Grilling at UN

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  • May 3, 2016
Ireland’s New Government Faces Human Rights Grilling at UN   The searching human rights questions that Ireland’s new Government will face from other UN member States have been released at the United Nations in Geneva today (3 May 2016).   The G...

Ireland's UPR Interim Report - End “Catch 22” Approach to Implementing Human Rights Law says ICCL

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  • March 21, 2014

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Press release, for immediate release

Friday, 21 March 2014

Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (Friday, 21 March 2014) welcomed the publication of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Bill, but called upon the Government to end its "catch 22" approach to implementing international human rights law.

The publication of the IHREC Bill comes as Ireland faces renewed international scrutiny at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, where the State will today submit an 'interim report' under the UN's Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

Commenting on these developments, ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

"The ICCL warmly welcomes the publication of the IHREC Bill and the Government's assertions that 'the promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of Ireland's domestic and foreign policies' and that it is 'committed to protecting the rights of all members of society, particularly the most vulnerable'. However, a detailed analysis of the action taken since 2011 to implement UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations tells a different story."

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End "Catch 22" Approach to Implementing Human Rights Law says ICCL

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  • March 21, 2014
Image: UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon addressing the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014 Press release, for immediate release Friday, 21 March 2014 Ireland's independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has tod...

Rights Groups say Government Must Act on UN Pledge

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  • March 23, 2012
Rights Groups say Government Must Act on UN Pledge Press release – for immediate release – Dublin and Geneva, Thursday, 15 March 2012 Your Rights, Right Now, a coalition of 17 civil society organisations, has called upon the Government to act o...

Ireland’s Rights Record under UN Spotlight

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  • March 23, 2012
Ireland’s Rights Record under UN Spotlight Press release – Dublin and Geneva, Thursday, 15 March 2012 Ireland’s human rights record will come under intense scrutiny at the United Nations in Geneva today (15 March 2012) for the second time in ...

State’s “Diligent” UN Rights Performance Marred by “Intransigence” on Abortion Ruling says ICCL

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  • October 10, 2011
Press release – for immediate release Monday, 10 October 2011 Ireland’s independent rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the State’s “diligent” performance in its first United Nations Universal Periodic...

Shatter long on promises, short on detail at Ireland’s UN Rights Review

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  • October 6, 2011
‘Your Rights Right Now’ Press release – for immediate releaseDublin and Geneva, 6 October 2011Minister for Justice Alan Shatter TD today answered a series of tough questions on the State’s human rights record from UN member states as Ireland ...
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