Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission today said the High Court decision concerning a request for the extradition of an Irish Citizen to the United States has clarified the relevance of constitutional rights to issues such as solitary confinement. The High Court refused the request for extradition on the basis that there is a […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has led a project for the past number of years to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs in Sierra Leone and Malawai in their remit to protect and promote human rights. This project is supported by Irish Aid and encourages exchange of good practices and joint initiatives that support […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) welcomes the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 (2014 Bill) as an important legislative development that needs to be further strengthened to fully safeguard the rights of Transgender and Intersex people. The Commission has set out its concerns in a letter to Joan Burton TD, Tánaiste and Minister for […]

Express Yourself!

Express Yourself! is a CSPE student art project developed by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to give voice to young people’s concerns on issues of human rights and equality. Earlier this year we invited students across the county to participate in the project by creating images and words that illustrate a human rights […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (The Commission) today welcomed the decision of the High Court in the judicial review proceedings entitled McDonnell v. The Governor of Wheatfield Prison which held that the Applicant’s constitutional rights were breached as a result of being on 23 hour lock-up since February 2014. The Commission appeared as amicus […]

A Women’s Place is in the World!  In 1995, 189 countries including Ireland came together in China for the 4th UN World Conference on Women.  The Conference adopted the United  Beijing+20 marks the 20th anniversary of the BPFA.  In March 2015, the UN Commission on the Status of Women met in New York to review progress […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the Commission), today, published its policy statement on access to civil marriage. Welcoming the proposed referendum, the Commission believes that the opening out of civil marriage to two persons, without distinction as to their sex, is a matter of equality and human rights. The Commission stated that to […]

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