Rights Groups say Government Must Act on UN Pledge

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 on the human rights pledges it has made today (15 March 2012) before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

In all, Ireland has formally accepted 85% of the human rights recommendations made by other UN member states. It has promised to make significant improvements in areas including prison conditions, mental health, children’s rights, prevention of ill-treatment, gender equality and combating racism and discrimination.

Speaking from the UN’s headquarters in Geneva, Deirdre Duffy, Senior Research and Policy Programme Manager with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Your Rights, Right Now’s representative before the Human Rights Council, said:

“We welcome Ireland’s positive engagement with the UPR process and Ireland’s pledge to accept 85% of the human rights recommendations made by other UN member states.  However, it is essential that the Government now acts to translate these fine words into deeds.”

“In particular, we again urge the timely ratification of all core UN human rights agreements, especially those with strong national monitoring mechanisms such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) which will improve monitoring arrangements in places of detention” Ms. Duffy added.

“Implementation of UPR recommendations is a true test of the depth of a country’s commitment to its global human rights obligations. Given that Ireland is seeking election to the UN Human Rights Council, it is especially important that the Government practices at home what it preaches abroad.  Your Rights, Right Now will be closely following the implementation in practice of the pledges that Ireland has made today,” Ms. Duffy concluded.

ENDS


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