Human Rights

Monitoring Human Rights

The ICCL plays a watchdog role by tracking the Government’s compliance with its obligations under human rights law and by ensuring that Ireland is held to account before international human rights bodies.

We regularly prepare legal analyses of proposed legislation or conduct original research on pressing issues to educate the public and decision-makers on gaps in human rights protection.

We also co-ordinate or contribute to NGO ‘shadow reports’ which are relied upon by human rights bodies to get an independent illustration of  Ireland’s compliance with its human rights obligations.

In some instances, the ICCL makes presentations directly to the United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe (COE) human rights bodies in order to inform their final conclusions on Ireland. The ICCL’s most recent activities on this front took us to Geneva where we and our NGO partners briefed the UN on Ireland’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

 

Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

Bringing Human Rights to Life

The ICCL works to improve the capacity of groups representing marginalised communities, in particular to support them to use human rights tools.

For example, the ICCL is working with Amnesty International (Irish Section) on a ‘shadow reporting’ kit to enhance the capacity of organisations to report to international treaty bodies.

Raising Awareness of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is the regional human rights treaty of the Council of Europe. Ireland is one of 46 countries which have signed up to the ECHR and it was recently given further effect in Irish law through the ECHR Act 2003. The ICCL promotes awareness of this Act through its policy and research work, by delivering training on human rights proofing and producing information material on the ECHR.

Calling for Robust Privacy Standards

The ICCL campaigns to safeguard the right to private life in Ireland in accordance with Article 8 (right to private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Current laws protect some aspects of privacy but neglect others. The ICCL is conducting ongoing research on the gaps present in Ireland’s privacy regime.

We are also actively calling for the introduction of better safeguards of privacy in Ireland in the areas of data protection, surveillance and biometric identity. Most recently the ICCL campaigned at the 2008 Electric Picnic in Stradbally Co Laois, collecting over 3000 signatures for an open letter to Minister for Justice, calling for the introduction of robust laws for the protection of our privacy.

 

ICCL welcomes ‘historic announcement’ on Traveller ethnicity

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  • March 1, 2017
ICCL welcomes ‘historic announcement’ on Traveller ethnicity. Press Release Wednesday 1 March 2017   The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed this evening’s expected statement [1 March 2017 6.45pm] by the Taoiseach that the Ir...

The Constitutional and Human Rights Implications of BREXIT, North and South

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  • February 20, 2017

As the United Kingdom prepares to trigger Article 50, the potential impact of Brexit on the constitutional position of Northern Ireland and on the protection of human rights both North and South of the border is becoming an increasing cause for concern. Focusing on recent litigation in the UK and Irish courts around the BREXIT process, this seminar will explore the emerging legal issues for both legal systems on the island. Join legal experts, human rights lawyers and stakeholders in the BREXIT process for an open forum discussion chaired by former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness.

 

The Bar of Ireland, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Committee for the Administration of Justice are hosting a joint seminar on BREXIT and its Constitutional and Human Rights Implications.

Permitting Pre-Clearance to Operate in Ireland May Violate Human Rights

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  • January 30, 2017
Joint Statement from Irish Human Rights Organisations   Monday, 30 January 2017   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       President Trump’s Executive Order adopting a targeted ban on refugees and migrants from certain countries should be strongly and cat...

Human Rights Obligations left outstanding following publication of report, says rights watchdog

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  • November 23, 2016
Human Rights Obligations left outstanding following publication of report, says rights watchdog In response to the publication of the report on the Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme, the independent rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties ...

Surveillance & Democracy: Privacy Rights in the Digital Age symposium

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  • November 18, 2016

Save the Date

 

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) on behalf of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) invites you to a symposium titled Surveillance & Democracy: Privacy Rights in the Digital Age with Prof. Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and Ben Wizner (American Civil Liberties Union), lawyer for Edward Snowden.

A Round Table with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Nils Muižnieks

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  • November 15, 2016

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The Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights, University College, Cork

and

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)

 

cordially invite you to

 

Ireland and the Council of Europe Today


A Round Table with

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights


Mr Nils Muižnieks


9.30am – 1pm

Friday, 25 November 2016

Iveagh House

St Stephen’s Green

Dublin 2

Click here for more details

The event is free, but places are strictly limited (and filling quickly).

RSVP by 5pm on Friday 18 November 2016 to:

Jason O’Mara, ICCL – jason.omara@iccl.ie / 01 799 4504

 

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Media advisory: On Eve of March for Choice, UN Spotlight Again Falls on Ireland's Human Rights Record

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  • September 21, 2016
Media advisory: On Eve of March for Choice, UN Spotlight Again Falls on Ireland's Human Rights Record   WHAT Irish civil society groups, including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will this Friday address the United Nations Human Rights ...

Launch of the Report Drawing the Line: Tackling Tensions between Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment

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  • June 17, 2016

Throughout history, religious belief has often been a wellspring of motivation and inspiration for those seeking to advance justice and equality. But it has also been used as justification to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other religious beliefs.

 

This report examines several of the questions now the subject of litigation, public debate, and policy discourse with Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). 

New UN opinion “cranks up pressure” for abortion law reform says ICCL

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  • June 9, 2016
Press Release, for immediate release   A new opinion issued by the UN Human Rights Committee “cranks up the pressure” on the Government to reform Ireland’s “antediluvian” abortion laws, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said in a s...

Marriage Referendum First Anniversary

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  • May 22, 2016
PRESS RELEASE: May 22nd 2016 MARRIAGE REFERENDUM ANNIVERSARY  It’s one year to the day since the people of Ireland voted in overwhelming numbers to make marriage possible for all couples, regardless of gender. We hope that this joy will soon...
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