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Advisory: UN Committee urges Government to fundamentally review prison health care system and solitary confinement 12th August 2017

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has welcomed the findings regarding Ireland’s treatment of people in prisons, published by the UN Committee on Torture. The Committee’s ‘Concluding Observations’ were developed following its examination of the Irish Government’s performance last month. Read more

UN Committee against Torture publishes Concluding Observations on Ireland 11th August 2017

IPRT welcomes the Concluding Observations released by the UN Committee against Torture on Ireland's second periodic review under the UN Convention against Torture. Read more

UN Torture Committee to make recommendations to Irish Government on Friday 11 August 2017 10th August 2017

On Friday 11th August 2017, the United Nations Committee against Torture will publish its Concluding Observations on Ireland’s performance under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). Read more

UNCAT: Summary record of second periodic review of Ireland 7th August 2017

A record of Ireland's hearing under the UNCAT, which took place in Palais Wilson, Geneva on Thurs 27 July and Fri 28 July 2017. Read more

More regular inspections needed during “turbulent transition” at Oberstown – IPRT 3rd August 2017

IPRT welcomes the publication by the Health Information and Quality Authority of its comprehensive and detailed report on an unannounced inspection of Oberstown Children Detention Campus, conducted 27 March 2017. IPRT also welcomes the Action Plan by Oberstown management in response to identified issues. Read more

Press Release: UN Torture Committee puts tough questions on prison issues to Irish Government 27th July 2017

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

Press Release: IPRT highlights lack of mental health services in Irish prisons ahead of UN Committee hearing 25th July 2017

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

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Publish Report Ahead of 2nd Periodic UNCAT Review 18th July 2017

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

Media Advisory: IPRT welcomes National Drugs Strategy recommendations 17th July 2017

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

Sentencing Proposals: Sexual Offences 11th July 2017

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