Reviewing Ireland’s Human Rights Record

February 12th, 2011 | by Andrew Ó Baoill |

Somewhat confusing release from the Merrion Street service, noting the opportunity for individuals and groups to make submissions in relation to Ireland’s first Human Rights review under the UN’s Human Rights Council UPR process. They give June as a deadline for feedback, but the actual UPR.ie site suggests that input should be provided by 21st March.

So what is the UPR? The Universal Periodic Review is a process whereby the UNHRC reviews the record of each member state once every four years, with Ireland’s October 2011 review to be one of the last of the first cycle. The process provides an opportunity – both in development of the country report and in the review in Geneva – for Civil Society actors to provide feedback and input.

So, what issues do you think should be brought to the attention of the UPR process? Limitations in union recognition? The recent eviscerating of oversight bodies such as Combat Poverty and the Equality Authority? Defamation and Blasphemy laws?

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