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July 2017 Archives (News & Press Releases)

6th July 2017

UNCAT: Prisons Under the UN spotlight

Ireland’s second examination under the UN Convention against Torture will take place on 27th and 28th July 2017. Read more

7th July 2017

Minister introduces Amendment to Prison Rules: “Meaningful Human Contact”

On 29th June 2017, Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan TD, introduced an amendment to Rule 27 (1) of the Prison Rules 2007 to 2017. Read more

11th July 2017

Sentencing Proposals: Sexual Offences

IPRT has a number of concerns about proposals included in the Criminal Justice (Commission of Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2017 [PMB], which may have unintended negative consequences. Read more

17th July 2017

Media Advisory: IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations

IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations on criminal convictions and alternative sanctions. Read more

18th July 2017

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Publish Report Ahead of 2nd Periodic UNCAT Review

IPRT welcomes the publication of IHREC’s report in advance of the 2nd periodic review of UNCAT Ireland and the Convention against Torture. The IHREC report highlights the need for the State to ratify OPCAT which would provide a clear ‘roadmap’ and timeline for the implementation of OPCAT. Ireland signed the… Read more

25th July 2017

Press Release: IPRT highlights lack of mental health services in Irish prisons ahead of UN Committee hearing

Ahead of Ireland's UNCAT hearing later this week, IPRT has made a submission to the Committee outlining concerns about the Irish penal system. Mental health in prison is among these concerns. Read more

27th July 2017

Press Release: UN Torture Committee puts tough questions on prison issues to Irish Government

The UN Committee on Torture questions Ireland about its efforts to ensure that the rights of everyone in the penal system are respected and on progress on various issues of concern. Read more

31st July 2017

The Irish Prison Service Release 'Elimination of Solitary Confinement' Policy Document

In July 2017, the Irish Prison Service issued a new policy document on the elimination of solitary confinement, incorporating Rules 44 and 45 of the UN Mandela Rules. Read more

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