Thursday, July 17, 2008

Irish Times: Ireland reports to UN body

Irish Times Monday 14th July 2008

Ireland reports to UN body

The Irish Government will present its third periodic report on human rights in an oral hearing before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) today and tomorrow. It will inform the committee on the measures it has adopted to give effect in Ireland to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

A shadow report on Ireland's performance is being presented by three NGOs: Flac, the ICCL and the IPRT (Irish Penal Reform Trust) at lunchtime today.

This report outlines the Government's failure to reach goals set out in the last country report. The HRC will publish its report on Ireland later in the summer.

A number of other organisations will make representations in regard to Ireland's report, including the Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Irish Family Planning Association and the Irish Human Rights Commission.

Information on the reporting process as well as comment from NGOs will be available online at

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