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.

Submission by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) to the Working Group on the Establishment of the Human Rights and Equality Commission

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  • November 29, 2011

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has made a submission to the Working Group on the Establishment of the Human Rights and Equality Commission.

This brief submission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current structures and provides the ICCL’s answers to the three key questions on which the Working Group has sought responses:

What should the new body do?

What features and functions will it need in order to carry out its work?

How should it be structured and what working methods should it use to achieve the above?

The submission is available to download HERE.

Submission by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) to the Working Group on the Establishment of the Human Rights and Equality Commission

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  • November 25, 2011

This brief submission highlights some of the shortcomings of the current structures and provides the ICCL’s answers to the three key questions on which the Working Group has sought responses.

ICCL Submission to the Government Consultation on ICESCR, November 2011

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  • November 24, 2011

This submission contains the ICCL's comments on Ireland’s draft Third Report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

ICCL Criticises ‘Flaw’ in ‘Broadly Positive’ Gender Recognition Proposals

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  • July 14, 2011
Press Release, for immediate release14 July 2011The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) broadly welcomed recommendations for gender recognition legislation published today by the Department of Social Protection’s Gender Recognition Advisory Gr...

Sex Trafficking Film Scoops Top Prize for Actress-turned Director

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  • June 15, 2011

Mabel Lozano

Spanish actress-turned film director Mabel Lozano scooped top prize in the prestigious ICCL Human Rights Film Awards at the Irish Film Institute this evening (Wednesday, 15 June 2011).
 
Lozano first caught the public eye in Spain as a model and actress in top-rated television shows such as Los Ladrones van a la oficina (The Thieves Go to the Office) and well-regarded films such as Berlanga’s París-Tombuctú (Paris-Timbuktu) and Juárez’s Dile a Laura que la quiero (Tell Laura I Love Her).
 
More recently, she has developed her career as a film director with an uncompromising focus on women’s rights, children’s rights and human trafficking.
 
This evening’s winning film Listen to Me is an unflinching look at the human impact of sex trafficking.  The film is based on the true story of sex trafficking victim Svetlana Demidovitch and shows how the complicity of her “clients” helps to ensure that human traffickers can continue their trade. The film’s minimalist style and sparse dialogue underscore the power of its message.
 
Speaking about her film, Lozano said today:
 
“This is a film festival about human rights. One of the worst violations of human rights that I can think of is the trafficking of women and girls; the buying and selling of human beings as if they were bags or shoes. I hope that my film and films like it will help to highlight this serious human rights violation”.
 

Gender Recognition Advisory Group

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  • October 1, 2010

This brief submission sets out the ICCL's position on a limited number of the specific issues raised by the Advisory group.

ICCL Hails ‘Red Letter Day’ For Same Sex Couples

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  • July 2, 2010
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has today (Friday, 2 July 2010) praised members of the Dáil for unanimously endorsing the Civil Partnership Bill.ICCL Director Mr Mark Kelly said:“The passage of this legislation through Dáil Éireann ...

ICCL reacts to Government Decision to Drop Lydia Foy Appeal

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  • June 21, 2010
Media release 21 June 2010The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the Government’s decision to drop its challenge to a High Court declaration that Irish law on transgender rights is in breach of the European Convention on Human Ri...

ICCL reaction to Bishops’ comments on Civil Partnership Bill

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  • June 17, 2010
Media release 17 June 2010The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has dismissed a statement by the Catholic Bishops in which they said the Civil Partnership Bill undermines the constitutional position of marriage.Adding his voice to those of gay...

UN Rights Chief Briefed on Weakened Position of Irish Watchdogs

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  • November 20, 2009
Equality & Rights Alliance, 7 Red Cow Lane, Dublin 7 Tel: 01-8148860www.eracampaign.org For release: November 20, 2009 The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, was briefed today by Equality & Rights All...
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