27th May 2011
On 23 and 24 May 2011, Ireland was reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT) to assess whether the State is meeting its international human rights obligations to prevent torture or ill-treatment.
In advance of the hearing, IPRT, in conjunction with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, submitted the Joint Shadow Report to the First Periodic Review of Ireland under the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The Joint Shadow Report benchmarks Ireland’s performance under the United Nations Convention against Torture, and makes 50 clear recommendations to Government on action required to meet the State's obligations under this treaty.
The product of over a year’s research and consultation by the ICCL and IPRT with the Irish NGO community, including Amnesty International Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Women’s Aid and Spirasi, the report has been endorsed by 31 Irish NGOs.
The Joint Shadow Report was submitted to the UNCAT on 21st April 2011.
The largest section of the submission is given over to prisons-related issues, and makes a number of recommendations about the prison system. Recommendations include:
The report also contains information on rendition, refoulement, deportation, issues related to the Gardaí, deaths is custody and care, domestic violence, FGM, human trafficking, corporal punishment and mental health treatment.