25th March 2021
The IPRT submission* to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights in Irish prisons and Oberstown Child Detention Campus. The submission also examines rights issues arising from Covid-19 and related restrictions.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process that involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. Ireland's most recent review was in 2016.
Since Ireland’s last review under the UPR in 2016, there has been progress on recommendations as they relate to Ireland’s penal system. For example, there has been full implementation of the recommendation to end the imprisonment of children in adult prisons, and significant progress on the recommendation to end ‘slopping out’ in prisons. There has been partial or no implementation of recommendations in other areas, such as ratification of the OPCAT. There has been regress in areas including solitary confinement and prison overcrowding.
IPRT recommendations include:
Read the submission in full here, or download it below.
IPRT made a similar submission to the Consultation on the State Report for the UPR on 7th May, which is available to read here.
* IPRT has also endorsed the Universal Periodic Review Submission by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties to the 39th Session of the UPR Working Group.