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The United Nations Human Rights Committee has published its views on termination of pregnancy in a foreign country.  The UN Human Rights Committee, a group of independent experts, issued their findings following a communication from Amanda Mellet in 2013. Ms Mellet had been informed in 2011 that her foetus would die in utero or shortly […]

Commission makes 36 recommendations to address human rights shortfalls Irish Government asked to report on progress made since Ireland’s 2011 review The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) is attending Ireland’s second Universal Periodic Review Cycle today at the United Nations. Ireland was last reviewed by the UN under the system of Universal Periodic […]

The two human rights institutions, North and South, have a mandate created by the Good Friday/ Belfast Agreement to ensure strong and effective co-operation in the safeguarding of peace, respect and inclusion in communities across the island of Ireland. The Commissions have been in ongoing discussions on the UK Government’s proposals to repeal the Human […]

Direct and full participation of people with disabilities in new advisory committee Independent monitoring of Convention by Irish Human and Equality Rights Commission recommended Commission urges new Government to enact legislation for Convention ratification by year-end The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, will today (Monday 9th May) […]

Commission concerns over the adequacy of protections for those fleeing persecution Ireland urged to show leadership as voice for the rights of child refugees and migrant Commitment of 4,000 refugees under the Irish Refugee Programme should be reassessed The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today (Wednesday) stated that Ireland’s support for the EU-Turkey […]

The EU-Turkey agreement is the most recent in a series of developments during the refugee crisis that has seen the European Union slowly abandon the fundamental principles upon which it was founded: the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity. In the midst of the greatest refugee crisis since the Second World […]

Published by the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) of which the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is a member  On the occasion of its General Assembly meeting on 21 March 2016 in Geneva, theEuropean Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) reiterates its serious concerns regarding the human rights situation of migrants, asylum […]

‘Housing Assistance’ incorporated as new ground for protection under equality law Landlords, letting agencies and property advertisers can no longer discriminate in advertising Significant step towards recognition of socio-economic rights in equality legislation The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today alerted landlords and accommodation advertisers of their legal responsibility to ensure that the […]