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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

In 2014, the UN Human Rights Committee examined Ireland’s progress in protecting, respecting and fulfilling rights contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The Commission prepared a wide-ranging report to assist the UN Human Rights Committee in their assessment of Ireland’s compliance with the Covenant. Throughout this process the Commission sought to focus attention on a number of issues, including:

  • The impact of austerity
  • Incorporation of the Covenant and the provision of Effective Remedies, looking specifically at institutional abuse
  • Equal treatment and minority rights, focusing on violence against women, trafficking, direct provision, persons with disabilities, Traveller and Roma communities, and recognition of the rights of children of minority religions or non-faith background
  • Criminal Justice, in particular, prisons, policing and the Special Criminal Court, and
  • the right to life.

Read the Commission’s report to the UN Human Rights Committee: IHREC Report to UN Human Rights Committee on Ireland’s record on Civil and Political Rights, June 2014

Read the Commission’s oral statement: IHREC Oral Statement to UN Human Rights Committee on Ireland and the ICCPR, 14 July 2014

UN HRC Concluding Observations on Ireland and ICCPR, July 2014

IHREC Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on Ireland’s One-Year Follow-up under the ICCPR, September 2015