Irish Penal Reform Trust

Rights and justice for migrants, foreign nationals, and ethnic minorities in the penal system

19th October 2020

We are pleased to announce that IPRT is one of 42 recipients of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s Human Rights and Equality Grant 2020-2021. The general theme of this years’ scheme is empowering people (rights-holders) who face the greatest barriers to justice to access their rights.

IPRT’s project aims to empower and promote access to rights and access to justice for migrants, foreign national prisoners, and ethnic minorities in the penal system. It will create a sound evidence base and raise awareness of inequality and human rights breaches against migrants and ethnic minorities in probation and prisons in Ireland. Our work in this area will also build the capacity of rights-holders, civil society organisations and state bodies to recognise and address discriminatory practices.

The support of IHREC made our research and advocacy on solitary confinement possible in 2017/2018. More recently, IHREC's support enabled our pioneering research on people with disabilities in prison. We are grateful to IHREC – and to all other grant-giving organisations – for supporting us to carry out ground-breaking research in particular areas, in line with our organisational objectives. We look forward to keeping our supporters updated on the progress of the project.

A list of all Human Rights and Equality Grant 2020-21 awardees is available on the IHREC website here.


Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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