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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 […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), today, appears before the High Court as amicus curiae (friend of the Court) in the extradition proceedings entitled the Attorney General v. Ali Charaf Damache (2013/51 EXT). In the extradition proceedings, the respondent objects, on human rights grounds, to his proposed extradition to the United States of […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission today wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald T.D. expressing concern at the recent Government announcement of the Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme. Addressing the Commission’s concerns, Chief Commissioner Emily Logan said: “The Commission wrote in detail to the Government on 1 October last recommending that […]

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