ICCL contributes to, and supports participation by others in, international human rights processes. We advocate for the ratification of human rights treaties by Ireland – including the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – and for enhancing the status of human rights treaties in Irish law.
For a good explanation of how human rights law works in Ireland, see the IHREC guide: https://www.ihrec.ie/your-rights/human-rights-law-ireland/
Our work promoting human rights law
Alongside many other organisations, we are campaigning for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture. This would allow for the creation of a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) which would independently inspect all places of detention, including places of de facto detention, such as nursing homes, psychiatric institutions and direct provision centres.
ICCL also supports the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This mechanism allows for direct communication between people and the UN and in the UK lead to condemnation of the government by the UN Committee which monitors the implementation of the treaty.
The Electoral Act
At ICCL we believe that the Electoral Act violates the right to free association. By prohibiting international funding for any advocacy work at any time, the Electoral Act is muzzling civil society in Ireland. We have been leading a coalition of organisations calling for reform of the Act. Read our statement at this link.
You can sign the open letter to the Taoiseach: https://action.uplift.ie/campaigns/284
There are many community and voluntary organisations in Ireland who are in favour of reform: https://www.iccl.ie/csos-for-electoral-act-reform/