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The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights Commission have today presented their advice on a Charter of Rights for the island of Ireland and have forwarded this to the UK and Irish Governments. They have recommended that human rights standards currently signed up to by the two governments should be used […]

The IHRC has today welcomed the Government’s commitment to introduce HIQA inspections in residential centres for persons with an intellectual disability. This commitment, when fulfilled, will meet one of the key recommendations in the IHRC’s recent enquiry Report on the Human Rights Issues Arising from the Operation of a Residential and Day Care Centre for […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today gave a cautious welcome to the Government decision to address the recommendations made by both the IHRC and the UN Committee Against Torture on the Magdalene Laundries. It also welcomed the recent statement by four religious congregations on the matter. In its November 2010 Assessment Report on the […]

Seminar to focus on older people’s access to health and travel insurance. The eighth annual Say No To Ageism Week was launched in the Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle today by Anne Sophie Parent of the EU’s AGE platform. The event jointly organised by the Equality Authority and the Health Service Executive is funded under the […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its report, "Religion and Education: A Human Rights Perspective" in which it calls on the Government to increase diversity of school type in Ireland in order to meet its human rights obligations. The IHRC report contains 13 recommendations to Government and is the culmination of a consultation […]

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has briefed the UN Committee Against Torture in advance of the Committee’s examination of Ireland’s first National Report under the Convention. The IHRC briefed the Committee on the need for a comprehensive policy to protect the rights of people in all places of detention and a complete overhaul of […]

IHRC calls for comprehensive policy to protect the rights of all people in places of detention The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) today published its report to the UN Committee Against Torture on the examination of Ireland’s first National Report to the Committee. The IHRC is calling for a comprehensive policy to protect the rights […]

The IHRC welcomes the judgment today of the President of the High Court in ED v. DPP, in which he found Section 12 of the Immigration Act 2004 to be unconstitutional. The legislation allows a non-national to be prosecuted for failing to produce a passport or similar identification to a member of An Garda Síochána […]