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Preventing Ill-Treatment and Securing Accountability: Impact in Ireland of the UNCAT

28th May 2012

On Monday 28th May, 2012, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Justice for Magdalenes will co-host an event focusing on the impact in Ireland of the work of the UN Committee against Torture.

The event marks the one year follow-up on Ireland's first examination under the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT), which took place in June 2011. During this first periodic review, Ireland faced tough human rights questions from members of the United Nations Committee against Torture on issues including abortion, prison conditions, domestic violence, the asylum process, extraordinary rendition, trafficking and redress for survivors of the Magdalene laundries.

For this event, ICCL is bringing together national and international experts to discuss the impact in Ireland of the work of the UN’s top anti-torture experts.

The keynote speaker is Felice Gaer, Director of the New York-based Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights and Vice-Chair of the UN Committee against Torture.*

A representative of Justice for Magdalenes will speak about their experience of using this important United Nations mechanism to enhance the impact of their advocacy.

Tea and coffee will be served; the venue is fully accessible.

Places are limited, so please RSVP to Aoife Murphy at aoife.murphy@iccl.ie by noon on Friday 25 May 2012 at the latest.

* Ms. Gaer is participating in this event in her personal capacity.

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The hearings, which took place in Geneva on 23/24 May, were webcast by IPRT/ICCL. Watch the recordings of the sessions here:

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