Alan Shatter defends Ireland human rights history to the UN review
UN members convene for council
The Irish government has been urged to introduce several human rights treaties to protect the most venerable in society, such as those with disabilities, migrants and prisoners.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter is before the UN Rights Council in Geneva this week, where all 192 members scrutinize each other.
The committee questioned Irish women’s reproductive rights and demanded concrete legislation on the issue of abortion.
The minister vowed to deal with the abortion issue in a “adequate and comprehensive” way and to “meet our obligations under the convention of human rights”.
Members states have expressed concerns about women’s rights, racism, asylum seeks rights and the fake marriages. They also queried the delay in implementing a number of treaties.
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The rights of prisoners was also questioned, with overcrowding in prisons and violence among inmates being flagged. However Minister Shatter told members that Ireland does not have a problem with excessive violence in jails.
"There isn't a question of excessive violence within the Irish prison system," he told the committee.
"Prisoners occasionally have difficulties with each other - I don't think our prison system is any different in that context to other prisons within the European Union generally."
Meanwhile the Irish Human Rights Council has welcomed the UN’s scrutiny of the State’s record in human rights.
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Don't even know where to start jack, your post if full of inaccuracies from beginning to end. The League of Nations came after the Balfour declarationNelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning its arms during 2000 talks
The OVERWHELMING majority of Irish people in Ireland wanted the IRA to decommission, and Sinn Fein to fully participate in democracy in Ireland. AgainRacist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
@Cepta: It's ridiculuous to say that the Irish government is fuelling racial intolerance through its immigration policies. People who are racist needSmithwick inquiry finds Irish police may have colluded in two IRA murders
If a leading Member of Parliament (MP) in Great Britain (GB) uses parliamentary privilege to make unqualified allegations against a prominent human ri