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First annual report of the Commission laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas Report records 2,173 public queries, 45 ongoing legal assistance cases and five amicus curiae cases in Superior Courts, 14 UN and international committee engagements The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has laid its Annual Report 2015 before the Houses of the […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been invited to attend the Select Committee today as part of its process of increasing scrutiny and accountability of the budgetary process. Members of the Committee have invited Commission representatives to attend the meeting in Committee Room 3, Leinster House at 4pm today (Tuesday, 21st June), to […]

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has recommended that the Government move without further delay to fully implement the recommendations of the Working Group on Direct Provision to enhance compliance with international human rights standards. The report of the Working Group on Direct Provision, chaired by Dr Bryan McMahon, retired High Court judge was […]

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) […]

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