LIVE broadcast: Ireland's First Periodic Review under UNCAT
26th May 2011
Geneva: 23 and 24 May 2011
Ireland’s First Periodic Review under the UN Convention against Torture took place on Mon 23 May and Tues 24 May. Both sessions were broadcast online at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iprt
Representatives from a number of Irish NGO's, including Liam Herrick and Jane Mulcahy of IPRT, travelled to Geneva to present the Joint Shadow Report to the Committee, and to observe the hearing.
Questions posed by the UN Committee Against Torture
(UNCAT) yesterday reflected many of the concerns raised by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties
(ICCL) and the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) in their Joint Shadow Report
to UNCAT, along with those raised by the Irish Human Rights Commission and Justice for Magdalenes.
The Committee Members’ questions included:
does the Government intend to provide justice for women who were held in the
will the Government legislate to clarify the law on abortion as required by a
recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights?
action will be taken to reduce overcrowding and end slopping out in Ireland’s
does the Government intend to reinforce safeguards against people being
returned from Ireland to countries where they face the risk of torture?
will the Government introduce a system for independent investigation of deaths
has the rate of recognition as refugees of people seeking asylum in Ireland
fallen to the lowest level of any EU state?
the Government allow the Ombudsman for Children to investigate complaints from
children in prison?
Playback the hearing here: