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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 […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) will today appear before the High Court as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the judicial review proceedings entitled McDonnell v. The Governor of Wheatfield Prison. The IHREC was granted leave to appear in the proceedings on 12 January 2015. The Applicant, a prisoner in Wheatfield […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) welcomes the publication, today, of the Terms of Reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters by Mr James O’Reilly T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, and the thorough consultation process that informed the drafting of the Terms of […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) today published its Policy Statement on the System of Direct Provision in Ireland. The report sets out ten key recommendations. Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission said: “The aim of this policy statement is to add the voice of the Commission […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) is the independent statutory authority in Ireland mandated to protect and promote human rights and equality and to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State. Ms Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and […]

Last week on my way in to meet with members of the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, I noticed a striking photograph of Mary Robinson when she held the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In my experience, UN treaty bodies invariably reference her leadership and Ireland’s strong reputation as […]

On the 10th of December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” This year’s UN slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day […]

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