Next week the Irish Government will answer to an important UN body on its Civil & Political Rights record. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1966 and includes an extensive list of rights, including: the right to life; freedom from torture and inhuman treatment; the right to liberty and security; the right for detained persons to be treated with humanity and the right to a fair trial.
Government will be questioned and pressed on its past record and its future plans to:
Introduce legislation to recognise same-sex partnerships and other non-married relationships, as well as to allow transgender persons to change their gender officially;
Address concerns about the use of Irish airspace and airports for so-called “renditions”. The HRC wants to know if the State will continue to accept diplomatic assurances in this regard, and if it intends to carry out a public inquiry into renditions and
End overcrowding and “slopping out” in Irish prisons and repeal measures allowing imprisonment of civil debtors.
To detail measures which have been put in place since the 2002 referendum on abortion to protect women from continuing with a pregnancy where it impacts negatively on her right to life
To explain how proposals in the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill to arrest, detain and remove a person who is unlawfully present in the State without notice is compatible with the State’s human rights obligations.
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