The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is committed to an Ireland that is more just, more free, and where human rights and civil liberties are enjoyed by everyone.
We act as an essential defender of human rights and civil liberties and as an effective champion for the advancement of justice and freedom in Irish society.
- Respect for human rights
- Respect for diversity and equality
- The full enjoyment of women’s rights and gender equality;
- Tolerance, inclusiveness, pluralism and secularism
- Impartiality and integrity in our defence of the rights of everyone
- Speaking truth to power even when it is unpopular or difficult
- Solidarity with defenders and promoters of human rights in Ireland and internationally
- Respect for individual privacy
- Excellence and professionalism in our work
- Transparency and accountability
- Sustainability of the ICCL as an independent organisation
Fully independent of government and fearless in our advocacy for human rights, we have been at the forefront of all key human rights campaigns in Irish society, making a significant impact on law, policy and public opinion. These have included the campaigns for legal divorce, decriminalisation of homosexuality and for marriage equality; working for equality legislation and institutions; resistance to emergency legislation and the removal of constitutional due process protections; and consistent advocacy for women’s rights, including reproductive rights.
Founded in 1976, we have worked tirelessly to defend and strengthen constitutional rights protections and to ensure the full implementation of international human rights standards. We draw on the tradition of civil liberties activism in many countries, including the civil rights movements in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Domestically focused and internationally informed, we have developed strong partnerships with civil society organisations in Ireland and networks and alliances with similar organisations internationally.
What We Do:
We monitor government policy and legislation to make sure that it complies with international standards, and speak out when it does not.
We conduct original research on human rights issues as diverse as equal rights for all families, the right to privacy, police reform and judicial accountability.
We run campaigns to raise public and political awareness of human rights issues while working closely with other key stakeholders.
We work in three main areas: