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Commission recommends vetting of State contracts for children’s services on UN human rights standards Ireland’s record under Convention scrutinised at UN hearing in Geneva UN evaluation of Ireland’s compliance informed by Commission report The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has recommended the State reform its procurement of services for children, to ensure private contractors […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has expressed its deep concern in relation to the situation of Ibrahim Halawa, a 19 year old Irish citizen who has been detained without trial in Egypt for over two years. The Commission considers the circumstances of Ibrahim’s arrest and ongoing detention to give rise to a number […]

Ireland’s record under Convention to be examined at UN hearings in Geneva next month Commission concern at State outsourcing of children’s services in health, care work, immigration and asylum  Report will inform UN evaluation on Ireland’s compliance with Convention standards The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today outlined its observations and recommendations on […]

Commission accredited as an “A” status national human rights institution (NHRI) “A” status confers speaking rights at the UN Human Rights Council “A” status members hold voting and speaking rights at human rights treaty bodies and other UN organs  Commission eligible for any future speaking rights at the General Assembly The Chief Commissioner of the […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has submitted its views and recommendations on the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2015, to inform debate on the legislation in the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Commission welcomes publication of the 2015 Bill, which proposes measures to give practical effect to the existing right of children to […]

Commission welcomes Ireland’s signature and encourages implementation of reforms and legislation to ensure Ireland ratifies without delay The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has today welcomed Ireland’s signature of the Istanbul Convention as a first step towards full ratification of the Convention. Important progress has been made by the State, specifically in the General […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes the establishment of a taskforce chaired by Minister Simon Coveney to examine both allegations of human trafficking and the exploitation of migrant workers in the fishing industry. The Commission is concerned at the reports that a system of inadequate inspection and regulation of working conditions in the […]

In June, 2015, the Commission made a presentation to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in which it raised serious concerns regarding access and availability of affordable housing in the State and made specific recommendations to remedy the situation. In addition, the Commission, through its work and contact with individuals, is very […]

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission publish Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has published its Submission to the UN Human Rights Council for the Second Universal Periodic Review Cycle for Ireland. Ireland was last reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic […]

Commission holds consultation with public, community groups, and NGOs Nationwide meetings at eight locations over four weeks Submissions to inform Commission’s strategy on human rights and equality The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) continues its first nationwide public consultation and will hold its next meeting in Dublin on Thursday 1st October. The Commission […]

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