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# Human Rights

Last week
19th March 2023 - 1st April 2023
Fiona O'Loughlin: Ireland can remain a leader on LGBTQI+ rights if it stands up to Hungary
The senator says Ireland must support the EU’s legal action against Hungary’s anti-LGBTQI+ laws.
This year
# chinese cameras
Human rights group raises concerns over Chinese cameras at the Oireachtas
A human rights group has highlighted security concerns about the cameras installed by the company Hikvision.
Premier League told Qatar links to Spurs should be a ‘wake-up call’
A meeting between Daniel Levy and Qatar Sports Investments chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi took place last week.
Last year
Opinion: Iran’s nod to International Human Rights Day was more repression of its people
Brendan McNamara highlights the cases of women activists of Bahá’i faith incarcerated in Iran.
World Cup 2022: Fifa's clampdown on rainbow armbands conflicts with its own human rights guidelines
Sophie King-Hill of Birmingham University looks at the controversy at this tournament.
# Human Rights
UN human rights council eyes investigation of Iran's crackdown on protests
Over 360 people, including 47 children, have been killed in the crackdown according to human rights groups
Twitter's survival is about more than just Elon Musk getting his way - here's why
Twitter has been shaken to its core since Elon Musk acquired it – does it matter?
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Fiona Crowley of Amnesty International Ireland says it’s time Fifa showed it really cares about human rights ahead of the tournament.
# Pressure
US Secretary of State asks Egypt for human rights progress before COP27 summit
It’s estimated that 60,000 political prisoners are behind bars in Egypt
# Moscow
Moscow's delegates miss UN review of human rights in Russia
The meeting had already been postponed twice from its planned date in March
# Redress
'€5,000 for your child being taken? You would get multiples of that for a whiplash injury'
Opposition TDs have sharply criticised the Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme.
# Human Rights
Saudi Arabia sends US citizen to prison for criticising the country
The prison sentence marks another source of tension between the historic allies, after Saudi Arabia raised oil prices
# Taliban
Exclusion of Afghan girls from high schools ‘shameful’, says UN
Teenage girls are still barred from school and women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, with only their eyes showing.
# Human Rights
Qatar are 'really interested in the values of rugby, that team ethos'
URC CEO Martin Anayi has defended the league’s new sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways.
# budget22
Civil liberties group calls on Government to restore barrister legal aid fees
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) said that the Government should invest €8.6 million in a number of human rights measures.
Opinion: 'Our animals used to feed us, but now we feed them - they are dying and we are next'
On World Humanitarian Day, Paul O’Brien documents the suffering of those Somaliland on the front line of climate change.
Opinion: "You can't see the sorrow after lights out..." - Iran's persecution of Bahá’ís
Brendan McNamara says we cannot turn a blind eye while minorities are persecuted for their faith.
# Redress
Independent office to lead excavation of Tuam Mother and Baby Home site
Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman proposed the office be set up following the signing into law of the Institutional Burials Act.
# Human Rights
UN rights watchdog warns Ireland over abortion wait period and women travelling abroad for care
The Committee has called for the Government to remove barriers for women seeking access to abortion services.
# Human Rights
Anti human trafficking report calls for gender-specific accommodation for victims
The national anti-trafficking rapporteur listed education, the war in Ukraine and age identification as concerns.
Opinion: Preferential treatment of white European war victims is a lamentable reality
Dean Van Nguyen looks at how Ireland has helped Ukrainian refugees and wonders why others have not been treated as well.
# Civil Liberties
Irish Council for Civil Liberties demands that Gardaí not receive power to compel a password
Rights groups have also called on Gardaí to record the ethnicities of people stopped and search in order to prevent discrimination.
Opinion: Proposed changes to the Mental Health Act must prioritise human rights
A group of academics and people with lived experience of treatment under the legislation advocate for a human rights based approach to treatment under proposed laws.
Opinion: The journey to full LGBTQI+ equality is far from over
FLAC’s Eilis Barry says LGBTQI+ rights have come a long way, but much still needs to be done.
# Human Rights
'We've all made mistakes,' says Greg Norman about murder of Saudi journalist
The Australian former world number one is heading the new LIV Golf Invitational Series which is heavily backed by Saudi financing.
Tenants 'often' unable to make discrimination complaint about landlords, report finds
The findings come as the Government reviews Ireland’s equality laws.
# Human Rights
Norwegian football president makes powerful speech criticising Qatar World Cup
Speaking at the Fifa Congress in Doha, Lise Klaveness said the 2022 finals were awarded ‘in unacceptable ways, with unacceptable consequences’.
# Concerned
Hamilton uncomfortable with 'mind-blowing' human rights issues ahead of Saudi Arabia GP
On Friday, human rights’ group, Reprieve, said a further 16 people have been killed in the country since the mass execution of 81 men on 12 March.
# Saudi Arabia
UN human rights chief condemns Saudi 'mass execution'
Saudi Arabia said Saturday it had executed a record 81 people in one day for terrorism-related offences.
# Lviv
'I owe it to my homeland': Ukrainians at the Polish border explain why they're going back home
Thousands of Ukrainians displaced by Russian attacks have been arriving in Lviv and waiting days to board trains and buses travelling to Przemyśl.
Mike Murphy: Why I’m supporting a call on the EU to ban trade with illegal Israeli settlements
The broadcaster lends his support to a group of NGOs seeking an end to EU trade with Israeli settlements in occupied territories.
# Human Rights
EU court approves linking of funds to member states’ respect for rule of law
The governments of Hungary and Poland had argued that such action lacked a proper legal basis.
People refused entry to pubs don't get 'adequate access to justice' under complaints system
Human Rights Commission says current law disproportionately impacts minority groups.
# Human Rights
Complaint filed with United Nations over torture of asylum seeker in Greece
The woman says she suffered abuse and witnessed the beating of children and a pregnant woman.
# Aghanistan
UN report claims Taliban killed 100 ex-Afghan government officials
The UN report said that, in addition to the political killings, women’s freedoms and the right to protest had also been curbed.
All time
# Moscow
'An attack on civil society': Court shuts down another human rights group in Russia
Russian authorities have in recent months mounted pressure on rights groups, media outlets and journalists, naming dozens as foreign agents.
# Russia
Russian Supreme Court orders closure of prominent human rights group Memorial
The group has spent years cataloguing atrocities committed in the Soviet Union.
Opinion: Christmas looks a little different in Somalia where tens of thousands search for food
Trócaire’s Paul Healy tells of a different Christmas in Somalia this year, among those struggling to stay alive.
# China
UN says report accusing China of genocide against Uyghur minority 'deeply disturbing'
The report detailed allegations of torture, rape and inhumane treatment.
# Human Rights
Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
The country joins the US in the boycott, over concerns around China’s human rights record.