Monday 23 October 2017

Government under fire over human rights record

Q THE Government could be forced to explain its failure to protect the human rights of child and domestic abuse victims, asylum seekers and Travellers at the United Nations next month.

A wide-ranging report by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate (IHREC Designate) has raised a litany of failures to the UN Human Rights Committee ahead of its first meeting with the Government since 2008.

Chairperson Betty Purcell said the report welcomed some areas the State excelled in, such as the upcoming referendum on marriage equality. But it also records "the lack of progress in many areas highlighted by the UN Human Rights Committee in 2008 and puts the spotlight on emerging issues where the State's response to date has fallen short of its obligations."

The report also raised concern with the "systemic delays" in processing asylum applications, which Ms Purcell said is "causing undue hardship and threatens people's fundamental dignity".

IHREC Designate member Siobhan Mullaly said domestic, sexual and gender-based violence "remains a serious problem".

A delegation including a Government minister and a number of department representatives will appear before the Human Rights Committee for Ireland's hearing on July 14 and 15.

Irish Independent

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