THE JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter is today being questioned over Ireland’s human rights record by the United Nations in Geneva.
The Irish Human Rights Commission has insisted that improvements are necessary in Ireland’s legislation on various issues – ranging from the rights of Travellers, migrants, asylum seekers, women, children, people with disabilities, people in poverty and prisoners. The IHRC says that it has called on the government to make commitments in 15 specific areas, but none of these have been forthcoming.
The Irish State has also been called upon repeatedly to clarify its position on the issue of abortion.
A UN report has accused Ireland of often failing to submit reports to UN human rights bodies within specified timeframes, and more than 100 organisations have called on the State to fully implement international human rights standards.
Tell us, do you believe – as the IHRC does – that Ireland’s human rights record, as it stands today, has ‘serious gaps’ that need to be addressed?