Justice

Promoting Justice

 

Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

Criminal Justice

The ICCL believes that a fair and just criminal justice system should protect the human rights of defendants and victims alike.  The ICCL monitors government policy on an ongoing basis to ensure that fair trial rights are upheld. Our most recent work in this area was the publication of Taking Liberties (June 2008); a report critiquing the notion of ‘Balance’ within the criminal justice system. The ICCL also seeks to secure effective recognition of and protection for the human rights of crime victims and has highlighted these rights in its Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime.

 

Garda Reform

The ICCL has long campaigned for an independent police complaints mechanism and to ensure that individuals are not subject to arbitrary and unjust use of police powers. Following the disbandment of the Garda Complaints Board and the establishment of the independent Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), the ICCL continues to call for adequate support and funding to ensure the GSOC can fulfil its remit to operate independently.  The ICCL has also been involved in delivering human rights training to members of the Gardaí and it currently offers strategic human rights advice to the Garda Commissioner through membership of an expert panel.  

 

Judiciary

The judiciary plays a central role in the legal system in upholding human rights standards. Through its policy, research (Justice Matters Part 1 & Part 2) and campaign work the ICCL is seeking improvements in judicial studies to ensure that judges are more aware of their human rights obligations and of diversity issues, together with a system of judicial accountability for members of the public.

 

 

Statement by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties on deportation of persons suspected of activities related to terrorism

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  • July 18, 2016
For immediate release - 18 July 2016   Ireland's independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has moved swiftly to clarify the legal situation after remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald T...

Watchdog Calls for "Further Disclosure" of Commissioner's Legal Instructions

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  • May 25, 2016
Press Release, for immediate release 25 May 2016 Ireland's independent human rights watchdog the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called for "further disclosure" - to the Policing Authority - of the precise instructions given on behalf ...

Respect for human rights must not be a "political football" says ICCL

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  • February 8, 2016
  Press Release - Monday 8 February 2016 Ireland's independent human rights watchdog has said that respect for human rights must not be turned into a "political football" during the general election campaign. Commenting specifically on Ireland's int...

The ICCL launches the Right of Access to a Lawyer Best Practice and Implementation Report

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  • January 27, 2016
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties launched the Implementation of the Right of Access to a Lawyer: Training Manual at an event in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel on 26 January 2016. The manual provides practitioners with practical, applied and accessi...

Invite: Seminar and Report Launch on Right of Access to a Lawyer

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  • January 21, 2016
  The Right of Access to a Lawyer in Criminal Proceedings:Best Practice and Implementation Tuesday, 26 January, 6.30pm-8.00pmThe Westbury Hotel, Grafton St, Dublin 2 The recent Supreme Court judgment of DPP v Gormley and White has radically changed...

Minister's reasons for snooping review restrictions "implausible" says rights watchdog

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  • January 21, 2016
Minister's reasons for snooping review restrictions "implausible" says rights watchdog Press Release - Thursday 21st January 2016  Ireland's human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has described as "implausible" the reaso...

ICCL welcomes rapidity of snooping review; has "serious misgivings" on limited scope

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  • January 19, 2016
Press Release 19/01/2016   Ireland's human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the "rapid establishment" of an independent review into the use of data retention powers to snoop on the mobile telephone records o...

ICCL release a "handy guide" to the "phone snooping" powers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) and An Garda Síochána

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  • January 18, 2016
A HANDY GUIDE TO PHONE NUMBER SNOOPING POWERS   Last week, we learned that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating certain members of the Gardaí about alleged leaks of confidential information to the media. We found out th...

ICCL calls for review of safeguards on phone snooping by GSOC and Guards

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  • January 17, 2016
Press Release  Friday 15th January 2016 ICCL has been following with interest the debate around the apparent accessing by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) of telephone records (including caller IDs) of journalists. In 2015, GSOC was ...

ICCL welcomes "clarification" by PAS of its role in Policing Authority appointments

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  • January 6, 2016
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the statement made today (6 January 2016) by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) clarifying the role played by PAS in the recent appointment of ordinary members to the new Policing Authori...
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