Saturday 18 November 2017

Attack on UN rights body just doesn't bear scrutiny

Noeline Blackwell, Liam Herrick and Mark Kelly

David Quinn's question, 'How dare the UN take us to task over our human rights record?' (Irish Independent, July 18), is grounded in a series of misrepresentations regarding Ireland's appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva last week.

The task of the UN Human Rights Committee is to monitor the progress of states under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966.

One hundred and sixty-one states worldwide have signed up to this international treaty, which protects a wide range of civil and political rights, including the right to life, freedom from torture and inhuman treatment, the right to liberty and security, the right for detained persons to be treated with humanity and the right to a fair trial.

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