27th July 2017
UN Torture Committee puts tough questions on prison issues to Irish Government
The UN Committee on Torture has today (27.07.17) questioned 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. The Committee stressed that it is crucial that the highest levels of external oversight apply wherever people are deprived of their liberty.
While the Committee recognised progress made by Ireland in relation to chronic overcrowding, the practice of slopping out, and the removal of children from St. Patrick’s Institution, it noted that other issues persist.
Issues raised by Committee member and rapporteur for Ireland, Ms Ana Racu, included:
Acting Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), Fíona Ní Chinnéide said: “IPRT welcomes the high level of scrutiny given by the UN Committee to Ireland’s penal system today.
“It is very clear that the Committee was well prepared and had listened to our interventions ahead of today’s hearing. We hope that the Irish Government also listened closely today, and we look forward to strong commitments to progress policies and legislation tomorrow.”
Contact: Sebastian Enke, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-3239496.
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About the IPRT
Established in 1994, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) is Ireland's leading non-governmental organisation campaigning for rights in the penal system and the progressive reform of Irish penal policy. Its vision is one of respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort. IPRT is committed to respecting the rights of everyone in the penal system and to reducing imprisonment. It is working towards progressive reform of the penal system based on evidence-led policies and on a commitment to combating social injustice.
IPRT publishes a wide range of policy positions and research documents; it campaigns vigorously across a wide range of penal policy issues; and has established itself as the leading independent voice in public debate on the Irish penal system.