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New Report Highlights Protection Gaps for Crime Victims with Disabilities

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  • January 30, 2014

new Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) study launched today (Thursday 30 January 2014) has highlighted protection gaps for people with disabilities who become victims of crime. The report was authored by Prof Shane Kilcommins, Dr Claire Edwards and Ms Tina O’Sullivan of University College Cork and was commissioned by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) with the kind support of the Equality Authority’s Small Grants Fund.

The ‘International Review of Legal Provisions and Supports for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime’provides an international comparative overview of the legal provisions and supports for crime victims with disabilities, highlighting barriers to accessing justice throughout the pre-trial, trial and post-trial periods of criminal proceedings. The study – the first of its kind – includes a list of practical recommendations on international best practice in this area, including in relation to interpretation, the relaxation of formal procedures, video testimony, and provisions for unsworn testimony.

 The report was launched at The Offices of the National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, at 10am on Thursday 30 January 2014 by Kieran Rose, the Acting Chair of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Designate).

New Report Highlights Protection Gaps for Crime Victims with Disabilities

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  • January 30, 2014
Press Release, for immediate releaseThursday 30 January 2014A new Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) study launched today (Thursday 30 January 2014) has highlighted protection gaps for people with disabilities who become victims of crime.The...

Launch of Report on Legal Provisions for People with Disabilities as Victims of Crime

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  • January 22, 2014
  The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is launching the report:                                                                            An International Review of L...

Crime Victims to Gain New Legal Rights

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  • September 23, 2013
L-R Greg Heylin of the Victims of Crime Office, Maria McDonald BL, the guide's author, & ICCL Director Mark Kelly Press Release, for immediate release Dublin, Monday 23 September 2013 Victims of crime in Ireland will gain new legal rights thanks...

Shatter faces calls to “champion” victims’ rights

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  • April 12, 2012

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD faced calls to be a “true champion” for victims’ rights at a high-level conference hosted by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in Dublin Castle today (Thursday, 12 April 2012).

The Minister gave the opening address at the event, ‘The EU Directive on Victims’ Rights: Opportunities and Challenges for Ireland’ which brought victims’ groups from across Ireland together with Europe’s top victims’ rights experts.

The ICCL conference was held in parallel to discussions in Brussels this week on a proposed new EU Directive to establish minimum legal standards on the rights, support and protection of the human rights of victims of crime.

Introducing the Minister, ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:

“Alan Shatter has a strong track record of supporting the human rights of the victims of crime during his time in opposition, including by bringing forward two private members bills on victims’ rights.  The Irish Council for Civil Liberties also welcomes his recent Ministerial announcement that Ireland will “opt in” to the new EU Directive on Victims’ Rights.”

“Some of the Minister’s predecessors have claimed that victims’ rights can only be advanced by watering down fair trial protections, a claim which victims’ organisations know to be untrue.  By contrast, if Ireland plays a full part in discussions on the new EU Directive on Victims’ Rights and commits to fully translate the Directive into Irish law and practice, Minister Shatter will have proved that he is a true champion of the human rights of crime victims” Mr Kelly concluded.

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Shatter faces calls to “champion” victims’ rights

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  • April 12, 2012
Press Release – For immediate release  Thursday 12 April 2012 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD faced calls to be a “true champion” for victims’ rights at a high-level conference hosted by the Irish Council for ...

Coming soon: Major European Conference on Victims' Rights

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  • March 23, 2012

EU Directive on Victims’ Rights: Opportunities and Challenges for Ireland

9.30am - 2.30pm, Thursday 12 April 2012
Dublin Castle Conference Centre

How will the upcoming draft EU Directive on the rights of victims of crime change the position of the victim within Irish law, policy and practice?

On 12 April 2012, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will host a major European conference on victims’ rights. This event will be of interest to victims of crime, victim support organisations, legislators, academics, media and politicians.

The ICCL is delighted to announce that
Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD will open the conference.

Leading experts from Europe and Ireland will address this one day conference dedicated to the advancement of victims’ rights from a human rights perspective.

Demand for places is expected to be high and you are invited to pre-register for the event.
To secure a place, please e-mail  Sinéad Skelly at sinead.skelly@iccl.ie
or telephone 01 799 4504.

If you have any special requirements (e.g. sign language interpreter), please mention this in your RSVP and we would be happy to accommodate you.

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