Statement on Ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Human Rights and Equality Commission Welcomes the State’s ratification of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) has today welcomed the State’s ratification of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

The Commission has consistently sought the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, to ensure the State applies a comprehensive approach to combatting and preventing violence against women and domestic violence. Now ratified, the Commission in its statutory role will actively participate in monitoring the implementation  of the Convention in Ireland.

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomed the ratification:

 “Today’s ratification provides a welcome spur to press forward on legislative and policy developments to see a comprehensive and coordinated response to violence against women and domestic violence.

“In particular, the Commission has highlighted our concerns about the vulnerability of migrant women who are victims of domestic violence, and concerns about the multiple barriers faced by victims in accessing services, including women in living in rural Ireland where there are insufficient domestic violence refuges.

On this International Women’s Day, the Commission has also announced that as Ireland’s National Human Rights Institution it is preparing to update the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on Ireland’s progress on implementing the CEDAW Convention.

The Commission will, later this month, report to the expert UN Committee on Ireland’s progress since the State’s February 2017 review, on implementing the recommendations made by the UN Committee across a number of areas, including:

  • Access to justice for historical abuses of women and girls
  • Impact of austerity measures on non-governmental organisations
  • Access to abortion

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Brian Dawson, IHREC Communications Manager,

01 8589601 / 087 0697095

bdawson@ihrec.ie

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Editor’s Note

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has since its establishment consistently sought the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in the following:

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is an independent public body, appointed by the President and directly accountable to the Oireachtas. The Commission has a statutory remit set out under the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act (2014) to protect and promote human rights and equality in Ireland, and build a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding in the State.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is Ireland’s national human rights institution and is recognised as such by the United Nations. The Commission is also Ireland’s national equality body for the purpose of a range of EU anti-discrimination measures.

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