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#Human Rights

# human-rights - Thursday 11 December, 2014

South Dublin County Council votes to recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority
# Discrimination
# Discrimination

South Dublin County Council votes to recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority

Dec 11th 2014, 8:19 PM 11,181 Views 14 Comments

Francis Timmons proposed the motion, describing it as “one of Ireland’s biggest human rights issues”.

# human-rights - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’
# Torture
# Torture

Tortured: ‘They called a doctor to check if they could continue without killing me’

Dec 10th 2014, 8:00 PM 80 Views 9 Comments

Torture survivor Juan Mendez looks back at his harrowing experience, and the challenges facing the global fight against torture, in his role as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture.

# human-rights - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Ireland has given 111 Syrians permission to live here this year
# One Hundred And Eleven Welcomes
# One Hundred And Eleven Welcomes

Ireland has given 111 Syrians permission to live here this year

Dec 9th 2014, 2:23 PM 6,098 Views 33 Comments

But rejected the applications of 197.

# human-rights - Friday 28 November, 2014

Most people around the world think the internet is a human right
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Most people around the world think the internet is a human right

Nov 28th 2014, 11:49 AM 4,670 Views 38 Comments

This comes as part of a new study by the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

# human-rights - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Amnesty has sent its people to Ferguson to monitor police at protests
# Ferguson
# Ferguson

Amnesty has sent its people to Ferguson to monitor police at protests

Nov 26th 2014, 2:45 PM 7,408 Views 84 Comments

“The world is watching America”

# human-rights - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Man wanted by US on terrorism charges brought before Dublin High Court
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Man wanted by US on terrorism charges brought before Dublin High Court

Nov 25th 2014, 5:31 PM 14,158 Views 0 Comments

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been granted permission to appear as a friend to the court in the extradition proceedings.

# human-rights - Monday 24 November, 2014

Opinion: Without meaningful action, apologies to child abuse survivors are just words
# Redress
# Redress

Opinion: Without meaningful action, apologies to child abuse survivors are just words

Nov 24th 2014, 7:58 PM 640 Views 67 Comments

Ten months on from the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in favour of Louise O’Keeffe, nothing had been forthcoming from the State for survivors.

Hooded, food and sleep deprived: Calls for Ireland to push for torture case against UK
# Torture Files
# Torture Files

Hooded, food and sleep deprived: Calls for Ireland to push for torture case against UK

Nov 24th 2014, 12:31 PM 14,531 Views 39 Comments

Amnesty International say the deadline for a case to be taken is approaching.

# human-rights - Thursday 20 November, 2014

This handy new tool could stop a government from spying on you
# 007
# 007

This handy new tool could stop a government from spying on you

Nov 20th 2014, 7:00 AM 12,325 Views 20 Comments

Amnesty International said Governments are increasingly using technology to access activists and journalists’ private emails and computers.

# human-rights - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

North Korea could face charges of crimes against humanity
# The Hague
# The Hague

North Korea could face charges of crimes against humanity

Nov 19th 2014, 7:56 AM 6,678 Views 59 Comments

The United Nations has condemned the country’s human rights records.

# human-rights - Friday 14 November, 2014

High Court rules direct provision does not breach human rights
# Ruling
# Ruling

High Court rules direct provision does not breach human rights

Nov 14th 2014, 3:32 PM 11,669 Views 68 Comments

The €19.10 payment and the operation of direct provision were not deemed unlawful.

# human-rights - Friday 7 November, 2014

Paedophile told by court that castration was not a punishment
# Czech Republic
# Czech Republic

Paedophile told by court that castration was not a punishment

Nov 7th 2014, 8:45 AM 23,588 Views 36 Comments

European Court of Human Rights says it was part of the protective measures ordered by a Czech court.

# human-rights - Sunday 2 November, 2014

Opinion: If the USA practises torture, then so could any other country
# Prisoners
# Prisoners

Opinion: If the USA practises torture, then so could any other country

Nov 2nd 2014, 7:30 PM 26 Views 56 Comments

Torture, as well as being abhorrent, doesn’t actually work: it yields unreliable results and can damage subsequent intelligence gathering.

# human-rights - Friday 31 October, 2014

Emily Logan says new commission will make her office more powerful and give new level of independence
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Emily Logan says new commission will make her office more powerful and give new level of independence

Oct 31st 2014, 12:24 PM 4,999 Views 11 Comments

President Michael D Higgins will appoint Emily Logan as chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission today.

# human-rights - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

Journalist wins case against Iceland over report on addiction centre sex abuse
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Journalist wins case against Iceland over report on addiction centre sex abuse

Oct 21st 2014, 5:16 PM 10,480 Views 5 Comments

It is the second case against Iceland Erla Hlynsdóttir has won.

This man got a 13-year prison sentence for pouring paint over a statue
# Turkey
# Turkey

This man got a 13-year prison sentence for pouring paint over a statue

Oct 21st 2014, 12:42 PM 13,540 Views 29 Comments

Turkish man Murat Vural had been given the sentence after pouring paint over statues of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Opinion: What happens when a pregnant woman or nursing mother gets sent to jail?
# Motherhood
# Motherhood

Opinion: What happens when a pregnant woman or nursing mother gets sent to jail?

Oct 21st 2014, 8:00 AM 5,835 Views 27 Comments

The question of women who are pregnant or parenting in prison is a complex one – and their number is rising.

# human-rights - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Mary Raftery's articles are set to be re-published online
# Investigative Journalism
# Investigative Journalism

Mary Raftery's articles are set to be re-published online

Oct 15th 2014, 10:29 AM 4,916 Views 10 Comments

The journalist’s documentaries ‘States of Fear’ and ‘Cardinal Sins’ highlighted child abuse in schools and the Catholic Church.

# human-rights - Monday 13 October, 2014

Opinion: Human rights must be put at the heart of the budgetary process
# Budget 2015
# Budget 2015

Opinion: Human rights must be put at the heart of the budgetary process

Oct 13th 2014, 1:00 PM 13 Views 19 Comments

If human rights matter to our government, they must play a significant role in shaping budgetary decisions.

# human-rights - Saturday 11 October, 2014

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set

Oct 11th 2014, 6:00 PM 7,872 Views 29 Comments

The new human rights commissioner said she is concerned about serious gaps in prison complaints procedures.

Is water a human right?
# Water Water Everywhere
# Water Water Everywhere

Is water a human right?

Oct 11th 2014, 9:45 AM 18,754 Views 118 Comments

Here’s what the UN says.

# human-rights - Friday 26 September, 2014

Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end
# Employment Equality
# Employment Equality

Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end

Sep 26th 2014, 8:00 AM 404 Views 61 Comments

The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.

# human-rights - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Ireland needs to send a new judge to the European Court of Human Rights
# Strasbourg
# Strasbourg

Ireland needs to send a new judge to the European Court of Human Rights

Sep 18th 2014, 8:48 AM 5,419 Views 14 Comments

Our current judge, Ann Power-Forde SC, will have to step down from the role in 2017.

# human-rights - Sunday 14 September, 2014

Column: 'Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business'
# Prison
# Prison

Column: 'Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business'

Sep 14th 2014, 12:00 PM 50 Views 7 Comments

A Christian Aid Ireland delegation visited David Rabelo, a human rights defender in Bogota prison, where he is serving 18 years.

# human-rights - Monday 8 September, 2014

A Dublin councillor has travelled to the West Bank to work as a human rights observer
# Conflict
# Conflict

A Dublin councillor has travelled to the West Bank to work as a human rights observer

Sep 8th 2014, 7:15 AM 6,594 Views 50 Comments

Patrick Costello is keeping an ongoing blog of his experiences called, ‘Canal Bank To West Bank’.

# human-rights - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

Opinion: 'These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland'
# Oppression
# Oppression

Opinion: 'These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland'

Sep 2nd 2014, 8:30 AM 68 Views 13 Comments

Ireland has the potential to make a difference in two situations that have been raising concerns for human rights groups.

# human-rights - Monday 18 August, 2014

Opinion: Support for suicidal woman was complicated, not assisted, by abortion legislation
# Abortion
# Abortion

Opinion: Support for suicidal woman was complicated, not assisted, by abortion legislation

Aug 18th 2014, 2:32 PM 179 Views 219 Comments

The legislation introduced last year has proved itself to be barbaric and unworkable.

Opinion: A law that protects no one – the Eighth Amendment sees women as incubators
# Abortion
# Abortion

Opinion: A law that protects no one – the Eighth Amendment sees women as incubators

Aug 18th 2014, 2:32 PM 183 Views 120 Comments

This case has sent a clear message to women in Ireland: if you are suicidal and need an abortion, it is highly unlikely that you will get one.

# human-rights - Thursday 7 August, 2014

Amnesty accuses Israeli army of "deliberate attacks" on Gaza health workers
# Allegations
# Allegations

Amnesty accuses Israeli army of "deliberate attacks" on Gaza health workers

Aug 7th 2014, 7:57 AM 6,167 Views 222 Comments

The organisation says that it has received “harrowing descriptions” of the “utterly impossible situation”.

# human-rights - Monday 4 August, 2014

Opinion: Happy 14th birthday, Direct Provision – just think of everything you haven't achieved!
# Asylum
# Asylum

Opinion: Happy 14th birthday, Direct Provision – just think of everything you haven't achieved!

Aug 4th 2014, 7:30 PM 73 Views 149 Comments

Those of us who work with asylum seekers can speak to the dehumanising and demoralising effect that life in the direct provision system has on its inhabitants.

# human-rights - Saturday 2 August, 2014

Opinion: In South Africa, it's often said that being gay is a 'western' thing
# African Pride
# African Pride

Opinion: In South Africa, it's often said that being gay is a 'western' thing

Aug 2nd 2014, 12:00 PM 610 Views 19 Comments

Irish journalist and director Laura Fletcher’ travelled to South Africa to research the treatment of local LGBT people; her award-winning film will be featured at this weekend’s GAZE Film Festival.

'Not sitting on the fence': How the government wants backbenchers to explain Ireland's UN abstention
# Gaza
# Gaza

'Not sitting on the fence': How the government wants backbenchers to explain Ireland's UN abstention

Aug 2nd 2014, 7:15 AM 5,692 Views 35 Comments

Charlie Flanagan issued advice to government TDs and Senators to deal with queries over Ireland’s controversial decision to abstain from a UN vote on Gaza.

# human-rights - Friday 1 August, 2014

Obama: US "tortured some folks" after 9/11, but critics should not be "too sanctimonious"
# Torture
# Torture

Obama: US "tortured some folks" after 9/11, but critics should not be "too sanctimonious"

Aug 1st 2014, 9:46 PM 12,547 Views 138 Comments

President Obama said “a lot of those folks were working hard and under enormous pressure, and are real patriots”.

# human-rights - Thursday 31 July, 2014

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians
# Peace Building
# Peace Building

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians

Jul 31st 2014, 1:00 PM 43 Views 58 Comments

Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls on the international community to help end settlement expansion and bring peace to the region.

Opinion: Proposed transgender laws are good news for lawyers – not couples
# Gender Recognition
# Gender Recognition

Opinion: Proposed transgender laws are good news for lawyers – not couples

Jul 31st 2014, 8:00 AM 70 Views 24 Comments

Ireland proposes making trans people in existing marriages divorce as a pre-condition for recognition in their new gender.

# human-rights - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived
# Older People
# Older People

Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived

Jul 30th 2014, 8:00 AM 579 Views 24 Comments

Older adults are too often seen as ‘burden’ rather than people who helped build societies and economies.

# human-rights - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report
# Symphysiotomy
# Symphysiotomy

Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report

Jul 29th 2014, 9:57 PM 5,813 Views 15 Comments

The UN human rights committee said Ireland should identify, prosecute and punish those responsible for the procedures without patient consent.

Opinion: 'At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact... we are second class citizens'
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Opinion: 'At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact... we are second class citizens'

Jul 29th 2014, 8:30 PM 371 Views 247 Comments

Enshrined into law and sanctioned in social service provision is this attitude: women in Ireland are vessels to be filled and emptied at men’s discretion.

# human-rights - Sunday 27 July, 2014

Atheists not hopeful of 'blasphemy' referendum, in spite of UN pressure
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Atheists not hopeful of 'blasphemy' referendum, in spite of UN pressure

Jul 27th 2014, 7:30 AM 9,271 Views 73 Comments

The UN Human Rights Committee has been strongly critical of Ireland’s position regarding blasphemy and religious freedom.

# human-rights - Friday 25 July, 2014

Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to 'slop out'
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to 'slop out'

Jul 25th 2014, 9:53 PM 12,286 Views 77 Comments

The Department of Justice said there is a plan in place to end ‘slopping out’ in prisons by 2015.