Time to strengthen Oireachtas oversight of human rights

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Parliaments can play a vital role in protecting human rights, but their potential is not being realised. Last Friday at the United Nations in Geneva, the results of an 18-month project on Effective(…)

Finding an ECHR-proofed process for the release of life sentence prisoners

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Diarmuid Griffin, lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at NUI Galway. Ireland has always tended to look to England and Wales when considering reform in the criminal justice arena. However, when it comes to the planned legislative reform of the parole of life sentence prisoners, we should(…)

What’s Wrong With The Murphy Redress Scheme?

The report of the Independent Review of Issues Relating to Symphysiotomy is out. So too, at long last, is Prof. Oonagh Walsh’s final Report on Symphysiotomy in Ireland 1944 -1984.  If you need a reminder of what symphysiotomy is, and of the human rights abuses which characterised its practice in Ireland, you can see Survivors(…)

Isis, the Caliphate and new states

 The rapid advance of Isis, (The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham), its renaming of itself as “Islamic State” combined with the declaration of a Caliphate and added to recent statements made by the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan around its potential future have brought questions as to(…)

Human Rights and Transnational corporations: A Step Forward?

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Ntina Tzouvala who is Deputy Co-Convener of Law and Global Justice and a PhD candidate  at Durham Law School. She is currently researching on history and theory of public international law. You can contact her here or follow her on Twitter @ntinatzouvala  On the 25th of June the first round of(…)

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: Forced Psychiatric Treatment

Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The 26th of June has been International Day in Support of Victims of Torture since declared so by the UN General Assembly in 1997 by resolution 52/149. The rationale for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is to promote the total abolition of(…)

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland

On 24 June 2014, I spoke at a seminar The Ethic’s of ‘Home’: Direct Provision, Homelessness and Ireland’s Housing Policies.  This seminar, organised by Dr Ronni Greenwood, sought to explore conceptions and meanings of home, in the context of housing and homelessness. My paper, The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland sought to(…)

Garda Reform Seminar

Today the Minister for Justice hosted a seminar on garda reform at Farmleigh in Dublin. This comes in the wake of consultations on both the role of GSOC and the commitment to a new police authority. With words of introduction from both the Minister and Acting Commissioner O’Sullivan, formal presentations were given by me and(…)

Expulsion from Direct Provision: The right to housing & basic subsistence for asylum seekers

Expulsion from Direct Provision: The right to housing & basic subsistence for asylum seekers

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Colin Lenihan. Colin is a trainee solicitor for KOD Lyons Solicitors a leading human rights & public interest law firm, who represent asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.  During Ireland’s last examination by the United Nations Committee Against Torture, in May 2011 the then Secretary General of the Department(…)

Call for Inquiry into policing of Corrib

On HRinI we’ve blogged on numerous occasions about the ongoing campaign in the West of Ireland to challenge Shell’s building of an on-shore refinery (see for instance here, here and here ) with a particular emphasis on the policing of that dispute. Many of those involved in the protests have come together to call for an(…)

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