Equality

Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

  Equality for All Families

In May 2006, the ICCL published a policy paper entitled Equality for All Families which highlighted very serious inequalities faced by many people in Ireland today such as lone parents, same-sex couples, opposite-sex couples, reconstituted families and unmarried fathers. The central problem in Irish law is the constitutional definition of the family only protects the traditional married family, leaving all others without protection. The ICCL’s ‘Equality for All Families’ campaign is designed to raise awareness of this issue and to build political momentum to amend the Constitution to ensure it protects all families in Ireland.

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

The ICCL is an active member of the Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) which is a newly-formed coalition of over 50 civil society groups seeking to ensure the promotion and enhancement of human rights, equality and social justice in Ireland. ERA formed in response to the Government’s proposal to merge the Equality Authority, the Equality Tribunal, the National Disability Authority, the Data Protection Commissioner and the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), and is continuing its work in the aftermath of the savage cuts suffered by the IHRC and Equality Authority in the October 2008 budget.

Women's Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health in International Human Rights: Between Recognition, Backlash and Regressive Trends

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  • November 7, 2017

Position Paper by the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice to the UN Human Rights Council

EVENT: Abortion Laws and Human Rights - Global Experiences

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  • October 31, 2017

The International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO), along with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), invites you to a day-long conference from 8:30am on 8 November at Science Gallery Dublin, to hear from organisations and activists working on reproductive rights, as well as a keynote address by UN women’s rights expert, Frances Raday.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and lunch will be provided. Registration, with coffee, will begin at 8:30am. Please RSVP to rsvp@iccl.ie.

ICCL Statement on the Death of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan

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  • June 15, 2017

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today expressed its deep sorrow at the passing of Ann Louise Gilligan, educationalist and campaigner for equality and social justice.

ICCL Welcomes UN Human Rights Committee Decision in Whelan v Ireland

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  • June 13, 2017

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties today welcomed the ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee in the case of Whelan v. Ireland. The ruling, made available today, finds that the effect of Ireland’s abortion laws was to subject a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and violated her rights to privacy and to non-discrimination, in circumstances where her pregnancy was identified as involving fatal foetal impairment.

ICCL welcomes Decision of UN Human Rights Committee in Whelan v Ireland

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  • June 13, 2017
ICCL welcomes UN Human Rights Committee finding against Ireland in Abortion Case Dublin 13th June 2017 The Irish Council for Civil Liberties today welcomed the ruling of the UN Human Rights Committee in the case of Whelan v. Ireland. The ruling, made...

ICCL Statement on the Death of Donal Toolan

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  • April 24, 2017

The death has occurred of Donal Toolan, leading activist for disability rights, actor and former member of the Council of State. Donal previously served for many years as a Board member of ICCL, as well as being a founder and coordinator of the Forum for People with Disabilities. The Board and staff of ICCL wish to extend their deepest sympathies to Donal's family and his large circle of friends.

 

ICCL calls on Oireachtas to Take up the Mantle for Repeal

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  • April 23, 2017

ICCL welcomes the outcome of the Citizens Assembly on the Eighth Amendment and calls on Oireachtas to Take up the Mantle for Repeal

Citizens' Assembly recognises that change is required to Irish abortion laws – Irish Council for Civil Liberties

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  • April 22, 2017

ICCL this evening welcomed the key recommendations of the Citizens Assembly - to repeal Article 43.3.3, and that the Oireachtas should be empowered to legislate on abortion. 

'Know Your Rights – A guide for Older People’

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  • June 2, 2016

'Know Your Rights – A guide for Older People’ is the seventh in the ICCL’s Know Your Rights public information series. The guide provides detailed information on many of the rights and entitlements of older people in relation to autonomy and participation, economic security, heath and wellbeing.

Invite: Know Your Rights – A Guide for Older People

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  • May 26, 2016
Invite: Know Your Rights – A Guide for Older People   What is Know Your Rights: A Guide for Older People? The Guide provides up to date practical information on the rights of older people in Ireland on a range of issues. The launch will be followe...
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