Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Over the last number of weeks, there have been potentially significant developments in relation to the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. Last week, the High Court case challenging the system of direct provision concluded. A decision is expected over the next number of weeks (see here for background). Speaking on 24(…)

Janning on Bringing ESC Rights Home: Ireland and the OP ICESCR

Janning on Bringing ESC Rights Home: Ireland and the OP ICESCR

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Pia Janning who is the Legal Officer of Amnesty International Ireland’s ESC Rights Team “All [human rights] must be treated in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing, and with the same emphasis” such was the reaffirmation by states, including Ireland, in the 1993 Vienna Declaration(…)

The Arrival of Frackers in Co. Fermanagh raises Cross-Border Human Rights Concerns

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Dr Louise Mallinder of the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. You can follow Louise on Twitter @MallinderLouise In the dead of night on 21 July 2014, Tamboran Resources moved equipment to prepare for drilling into the site of the Acheson and Glover Quarry at Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh and(…)

A Modest Proposal on Abortion Reform in Ireland

A Modest Proposal on Abortion Reform in Ireland

Yesterday the UN Human Rights Committee released its Concluding Observations on Ireland’s compliance with the ICCPR, following hearings in Geneva on which Máiréad Enright blogged here and here. Those Concluding Observations made difficult reading, especially—although not exclusively—as regards the (historical and contemporary) treatment of women in Ireland. One of the main loci for the Committee’s attention(…)

A Mother and Baby Homes Commission: Lessons from the Murphy Report at the UNHRC.

Tuesday was the second, and most eventful, day of the Irish state’s examination before the ICCPR . I have made a Storify of my tweets and some others from Geneva, which is embedded at the bottom of this post, and includes some video from the examination. Symphysiotomy in Geneva  and Mother and Baby Homes in Dublin. I want to dwell,(…)

Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project Website Launched.

The Irish and Northern Irish Feminist Judgments Project begins today with the launch of a new website: www.feministjudging.ie. A collective of academics and practitioners based in Ireland and abroad will rewrite 30 important legal judgments, which they believe would have been decided differently if a feminist perspective had been brought to bear on the case. The cases selected(…)

Ireland before the UNHRC.

I am in Geneva as part of the Irish NGO delegation to Ireland’s 4th Periodic Review under the ICCPR.* Readers will be aware that the UN Human Rights Committee heard testimony early yesterday from some 12 Irish NGOs and civil society organisations, and from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It might be interesting to give a sense of(…)

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