Sunday 18 February 2018

Great honour from UN, but do we care about human rights?

THIS week Ireland has got one of the three seats in the United Nations' new Human Rights Council, beating off strong competition. This is a tribute to the lobbying and good work of our diplomats, and also to the efforts of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore despite the other considerable claims on his time.

The Irish Ambassador to the UN in New York, Anne Anderson, even pulled in Bono to give a compelling eulogy on Ireland and its (official) support for human rights.

But is this shared by the broader Irish public? A year ago there was relative silence from the Irish public about the growing crisis in Syria. It has since become a full-scale civil war with a staggering 30,000 dead and an estimated 2.5 million people displaced. And still the silence of the Irish human rights lobby.

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