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Direct Provision: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights

Direct Provision: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights

On February 28 2014, UCD Human Rights Network hosted a seminar, Direct Provision: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights.  Senator Jillian van Turnhout discussed, amongst other things, political engagement with the direct provision system. Kirsty Linkin, Law Centre (NI) discussed the impact of the Northern Ireland case, ALJ v Secretary of State for the(…)

Advance Directives and Ireland’s New Capacity Legislation

Advance Directives and Ireland’s New Capacity Legislation

Yesterday, the Department of Health published its General Scheme for Advance Directives – a proposed addition to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013, to be made at Committee stage. The publication of the scheme is certainly welcome, as is the opportunity for individuals to provide submissions to the Department on the Scheme, which will hopefully inform(…)

Ireland and the European Committee on Social Rights

Ireland and the European Committee on Social Rights

There has been much focus on the role of the European Court of Human Rights over the last number of days (see, here and here). A less well known body, the European Committee on Social Rights, is responsible for assessing Ireland’s compliance with the European Social Charter (Revised). The European Social Charter protects a number(…)

O’Keeffe: Ireland Violated Article 3 ECHR

O’Keeffe: Ireland Violated Article 3 ECHR

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has today handed down a decision in O’Keeffe v Ireland. The facts of the case are generally that Louise O’Keeffe was subject to horrific sexual abuse by a school principle in a national school in the 1970s. A core question (played out also in the(…)

International Human Rights Day 2013: Placing the Spotlight on Direct Provision

International Human Rights Day 2013: Placing the Spotlight on Direct Provision

Today is International Human Rights Day 2013. This year, the theme is one of reflection on twenty years of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action on Human Rights. The Vienna Declaration emphasised the indivisibility and interconnectedness of all human rights protections. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is emphasising the(…)

Race, Roma Parents and the Child Care Act.

Irish and international media outlets have been reporting that, in the past three days,  in two separate operations, gardai removed a young Roma girl and boy from their family homes (see here and here), placed them temporarily in the care of the State, and required them and their parents to submit to DNA testing to(…)

Closing Our Eyes: Irish Society and Direct Provision

Closing Our Eyes: Irish Society and Direct Provision

Direct provision is front page news in Ireland today. Carl O’Brien has a number of pieces (here, here, here and here) in today’s Irish Times on inspection reports that have found that asylum seekers live in dismal conditions in direct provision centres. This of course will be of no surprise to the Department of Justice (and Equality……)(…)

Amram on Maternity Leave & Surrogacy: The Impact of EU Law

Amram on Maternity Leave & Surrogacy: The Impact of EU Law

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Dr Denise Amram. Denise is a qualified Italian solicitor and is currently a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. Surrogacy is a sensitive issue, involving ethical, sociological, medical, and legal issues. The growing interest in this form of assisted reproduction(…)

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