Human Rights and Equality Update - Issue 8 2019
 
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Issue 8 2019
 
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Welcome,

In this issue of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission newsletter, we bring you the latest news from the Commission, together with useful resources and information on significant human rights and equality issues in Ireland.

In this issue:

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Commission wins legal action against daft.ie on publication of discriminatory rental ads

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has won its almost three-year long legal action against Daft Media Limited’s publication online of discriminatory rental adverts on its property website daft.ie. 

The company behind one of Ireland’s largest housing advertising websites has been ordered by the Workplace Relations Commission to firstly “refrain from publishing or, displaying or permitting to be published or displayed on its website” discriminatory adverts, and secondly to “develop a methodology to identify, monitor and block discriminatory advertising on its website”. The Workplace Relations Commission adjudicates on complaints under the Equal Status Acts.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission challenged the website's publication of adverts using language such as  “rent allowance not accepted”; “suit family or professionals only”; “would suit young professionals” and “references required”.

The decision by the Workplace Relations Commission rejected Daft Media Limited’s arguments that it was a "mere conduit" for online content under EU law and rejected the claim that such EU law provisions rendered Daft Media Limited immune from this complaint by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Resources
Full decision of the WRC Adjudication Officer

Related media
RTÉ Radio 1 Morning Ireland - interview with Commission Member Tony Geoghegan
RTÉ article
Irish Times article
Irish Independent article 
Commission media release
 
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New Brexit research exposes justice and security vulnerabilities

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A high level of North-South police cooperation is necessary for the safe enjoyment of human rights by all on the island of Ireland. This cooperation has been strongly underpinned by EU tools and measures. Any Brexit-related disruption to police cooperation could have serious consequences, new research shows.

The research, “Evolving Justice Arrangements Post-Brexit” commissioned by the Joint Committee (Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission) was carried out by academics at the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and Queen’s University Belfast.

It focuses on justice and security cooperation measures across five areas including the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), policing and prosecution cooperation, and data sharing tools such as the European Criminal Records Information System and Passenger Name Records.  

Resources
Evolving Justice Arrangements Post-Brexit

Related media
Irish Times article
Belfast Telegraph article
Irish Examiner article
Commission media release

 
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Implementing the Public Sector Duty

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The Commission has developed its guidance for public bodies on Implementing the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty. 

The guidance provides an overview of the Duty, its context and the three steps that a public body must take to implement the Duty in line with its statutory obligation. 

The next information session on the new guidance takes place on the 19th September 2019, full details here. The event is currently over subscribed, to register for the waiting list please email rsvp@ihrec.ie. 

Resources
Dedicated Public Sector Duty website - guidance, information sessions, FAQ & case studies
Implementing the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty [English]
Dualgas na hEarnála Poiblí um Chomhionannas agus Cearta an Duine a chur i bhfeidhm [Gaeilge]
 
 

#Allhuman #Allequal campaign concludes with RTÉ feature

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Three participants from the Commission's national awareness campaign “Because we’re all human. Means we’re all equal.” campaign were interviewed on the RTÉ Ray D'Arcy radio show.

Running over the summer, the campaign featured interviews with people from across Irish society, sharing personal perspectives on everyday life and some of the barriers encountered when living with autism, an intellectual disability or complex needs; being visually-impaired or blind, hard of hearing or Deaf; and having a physical disability or being affected by mental ill-health.

Disability Advisory Committee Member, Eliona Gjecaj, James Cawley and Raymond Grehan spoke with Ray D'Arcy live in studio about their involvement in the campaign and more broadly about their personal experience of disability in Ireland.

Raymond is the first deaf person to be interviewed on Ray D’Arcy’s show and conversed through an ISL interpreter on live radio. Due to the relative absence of deaf people on radio, the interview serves as an important piece of broadcast challenging perceptions in public debate. 

Resources
Campaign website

Related media
RTÉ Ray D'Arcy Show - interview with campaign participants
 
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See you at the National Ploughing Championships

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Join us at Ploughing in September. Come visit our stand to meet members of the Commission team and find out more about our work. Our team will be on hand to provide information on the Your Rights service, a dedicated helpline to provide information on rights and remedies available to you under equality and human rights law in Ireland.

Ploughing stand details:
Block: 2 
Row: 28
Stand: 643
Unit: 8
 
 

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