Press Releases

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the establishment of a Commission of Investigation into certain issues relating to a former foster home in the South East, and has emphasised that the mechanism should be independent and transparent, and has highlighted the importance of the participation of victims and ensuring […]

UN CEDAW Committee ‘Concluding Observations’ reflect crucial gaps in Ireland’s compliance with international obligations highlighted to the UN by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The United Nations CEDAW Committee, which leads on combatting discrimination against women, has today published its comprehensive assessment of Ireland’s record on women’s rights and equality. The UN’s ‘Concluding […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the State’s recognition of Traveller ethnicity, enacted through a Dáil statement made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan, who alongside Commission Member David Joyce, addressed the Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) 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. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes the decision […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today published its advice and recommendations highlighting gaps in protection for victims of crime, and proposing legislative actions for the State to take. The examination of legislative proposals on the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2016 has been provided to the Minister for Justice […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has supported the findings of the Mulvey Report on measures to support the long-term economic and social regeneration of Dublin’s North East Inner City. The Commission believes that employment discrimination against people living in areas facing socio-economic challenges, should now be considered for prohibition in law […]

Commission publishes independent recommendations to assist UN Committee in assessing State’s performance on gender equality Irish Government to be asked to account for record on fulfilling women’s rights and equality for first time in over a decade. A report to assess Ireland’s performance on combatting discrimination against women has been published today (Thursday 9th February) […]

The Government’s restrictions on families of refugees in Ireland eligible for re-unification with their loved ones, and the threats facing unaccompanied migrant children, will put in the spotlight tomorrow (February 1st) by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) at an international event entitled “Ireland’s Response to the Global Refugee and Migration Crisis: […]

Ahead of Ibrahim Halawa’s next scheduled hearing date of the 13th December, a date which also marks Mr. Halawa’s birthday, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“The Commission”) has expressed its deep continuing concern in relation to his situation and detention. Mr. Halawa has now been detained without trial in Egypt since August 2013, […]

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