Promoting Justice


Some of our Current Special Projects and Campaigns:

Criminal Justice

The ICCL believes that a fair and just criminal justice system should protect the human rights of defendants and victims alike.  The ICCL monitors government policy on an ongoing basis to ensure that fair trial rights are upheld. Our most recent work in this area was the publication of Taking Liberties (June 2008); a report critiquing the notion of ‘Balance’ within the criminal justice system. The ICCL also seeks to secure effective recognition of and protection for the human rights of crime victims and has highlighted these rights in its Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime.


Garda Reform

The ICCL has long campaigned for an independent police complaints mechanism and to ensure that individuals are not subject to arbitrary and unjust use of police powers. Following the disbandment of the Garda Complaints Board and the establishment of the independent Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC), the ICCL continues to call for adequate support and funding to ensure the GSOC can fulfil its remit to operate independently.  The ICCL has also been involved in delivering human rights training to members of the Gardaí and it currently offers strategic human rights advice to the Garda Commissioner through membership of an expert panel.  



The judiciary plays a central role in the legal system in upholding human rights standards. Through its policy, research (Justice Matters Part 1 & Part 2) and campaign work the ICCL is seeking improvements in judicial studies to ensure that judges are more aware of their human rights obligations and of diversity issues, together with a system of judicial accountability for members of the public.



Groups Call for “Root and Branch” Review by Garda Watchdog

  • News Item
  • April 8, 2011
Press Release, for immediate release8 April 2011 Two leading groups campaigning for environmental and social justice have called upon the State’s Garda watchdog to broaden its enquiries into facts disclosed by the Corrib Garda “rape-tape”. Frie...

Rights watchdog welcomes public interest probe into Gardaí “rape” tape

  • News Item
  • April 5, 2011
Statement, for immediate release5 April 2011Ireland’s independent human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has welcomed the decision of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to commence an independent investiga...

Submission on the human rights compliance of the Criminal Justice (Defence and the Dwelling) Bill 2010 26 October 2010

  • Publication
  • October 26, 2010

This short submission focuses on two two main issues: - proportionality and the use of force; - the use of potentially-fatal force in defence of property.

Home Defence Proposals Skate on Thin Ice says rights watchdog

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  • October 20, 2010
Press Release, for immediate release   Wednesday, 20 October 2010    Ireland’s leading rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), has said that the Government’s new Home Defence Bill raises human rights issu...

Time is Ripe to Boost Accountability of Judges says ICCL

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  • August 23, 2010
Press Release, for immediate release23 August 2010Ireland's leading rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has given a cautious welcome to Government proposals to boost the accountability of judges.The ICCL was reacting to the ...

Joint Position on Procedural Safeguards July 2009

  • Publication
  • July 5, 2010

 The ICCL together with other prominent NGOs, has prepared a position statement on procedural safeguards

Submission on the Criminal Procedure Bill 2009

  • Publication
  • February 11, 2010

Submission on the Criminal Procedure Bill 2009

Home Defence Proposals “Overstep the Mark” Oireachtas Committee Told

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  • January 27, 2010
Press release – for immediate release Wednesday, 27 January 2010 Ireland’s leading rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has told an Oireachtas Committee that some of the home defence proposals produced by the Law Reform C...

Know Your Rights

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  • January 26, 2010

KYR LOGO.gifThe ICCL has today (26 January 2010) launched the new mini site for its Know Your Rights public information project.

Accessible through www.knowyourrights.ie, and via the button on the left column of the site, the website currently features the first of a series of information packs which the ICCL will roll out online as part of the Know Your Rights project.

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