Irish Penal Reform Trust

UNCAT: Summary record of second periodic review of Ireland

7th August 2017

A record of Ireland's second periodic review under the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which took place at Palais Wilson, Geneva on Thurs 27 July 2017 (first meeting) and Fri 28 July (second meeting) has been published.

27 July 2017 summary record is available here.

For prisons-related commentary, see:

  • Minister David Stanton provides updates on progress in the prison system from paras 4-9
  • Country Rapporteurs' questions on prisons and juvenile detention at paras. 32-45, 49-51, 57-60, 62, 63-64, 66. 
  • Director General of the Irish Prison Service responds from para. 68. 

28 July 2017 summary record, including detailed responses from the Irish State delegation, is available here.

The Concluding Observations of the UN Committee against Torture, following its second periodic review of Ireland's performance under the UNCAT, are due to be published on Friday 11th August 2017.


In advance of the review, IPRT made a detailed submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture. Read the full submission here.

IPRT also produced a briefing containing recommendations and additional information, which can be read here.

In May 2011, IPRT and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties submitted a Joint Shadow Report to the First Periodic Review of Ireland under the UNCAT, which can be read here.

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