The Commission was formed through the merger of the former Equality Authority and the former Human Rights Commission, both of which undertook significant work on education and, respectively, equality and human rights. These observations draw on the insights gained from that work, including knowledge of the practical barriers that students have faced in securing admission to school in ways that have undermined their right to not be discriminated against or that limit the full realisation of their human rights, and knowledge of the practices of some schools after admission that affect the full realisation of the students’ rights.
The Commission highlights some relevant obligations under Section 42 (Public Sector Duty) of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014, under international human rights law, along with a number of other observations, which should be given due consideration during the drafting of the Strategy for the Rental Sector.
This Memo provides background information to the Murray Review (the ‘Review’) established in January 2016 to examine the legislative framework in respect of access by statutory bodies to communications data. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (the ‘Commission’) highlights human rights and equality issues of concern in relation to the specific context of the Review.
O Keefe v Ireland (application No 35810/09) Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: Rule 9(2) of the Rules of the Committee of Ministers
This template may help an organisation to identify areas of strength or weakness in their approach to human rights and equality as it relates to service delivery.
A template for consulting with older people which can be adapted for consulting with a wide range of current or potential service users
Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 places a positive duty on public sector bodies to have regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, promote equality, and protect human rights, in their daily work. This leaflet provides some information on the duty and possible approaches for implementation.
The first Annual Report of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission covering the period November 2014 to December 2015.
Is í seo an chéad Tuarascáil Bhliantúil atá á cur faoi bhráid Thithe an Oireachtais maidir le hobair Choimisiún na hÉireann um Chearta an Duine agus Comhionannas a bunaíodh i mí na Samhna 2014 agus a chlúdaíonn an tréimshe ó Samhain 2014 go 31 Nollaig 2015.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) contains an important innovation in Article 33, which requires states to establish national mechanisms to implement, to coordinate and to monitor progress in achieving the aims of the Convention. It is the first UN human rights treaty to contain a requirement for the establishment of a monitoring mechanism in the text of the treaty itself, as opposed to in an additional Optional Protocol. This has been described as a key innovation with the potential to transform the ‘majestic generalities’ of the Convention into concrete reform at the domestic level.1 Central to the inclusion of this innovation in Article 33 was the concerted effort of people with disabilities, their representative organisations, and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the negotiation of the Convention.
Refusing to accept tenants because of rent allowance is now illegal. As of the 1st January 2016, the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 has introduced “housing assistance” as a new discriminatory ground. This means that people in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance payments or other social welfare payments can no longer be discriminated against […]
An Act to provide for certain changes in the exclusion of discrimination on particular grounds in certain employments; to provide for certain changes relating to discriminatory job advertisements; to give further effect to Council Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 20001 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial and ethnic origin; to […]
In its submissions the Amicus Curiae will focus on whether the difference in the treatment of a person with a mental disability, where fitness for trial is in issue (as in the instant case), compared to the treatment of a person without a mental disability, might constitute discrimination under generally accepted human rights standards, as […]
This case raises a significant human rights issue with regard to the isolation of prisoners for their own safety.
Digital Rights v. The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources & Ors – September 2012
This outline submission is made in support of the application of the Irish Human Rights Commission for leave to appear as amicus curiae in the within proceedings. The application is brought pursuant to section 8(h) of the Human Rights Commission Act 2000
E.D. v. The Director of Public Prosecutions & Ors 22 Nov 2010
IS v. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform & Ors – March 2011
JB v. The Mental Health Review Board & Ors – 9 October 2009
These proceedings concern a schools admissions policy and the question of whether it discriminates against a young boy who is a member of the traveller community. Under the admissions policy at issue, children whose fathers have not attended the school are treated less favourably than children whose fathers have. Although this issue arises in the […]