Human rights law in Ireland

Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that belong to everyone.

Central to the concept of human rights is respect for the life and dignity of every person.

Human rights are protected in many Irish and international laws. States are obliged under international law to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. The Government has the primary responsibility to uphold human rights by creating the conditions for them to be effective.

However, the State does not give people rights; these rights belong to everyone.