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The government response to COVID-19 raised human rights concerns, including in relation to the right to health, the enactment of emergency legislation without parliamentary oversight, and police use of spit hoods. Increased numbers of people accessed abortion services under the 2018 law, but gaps...
Europe and Central Asia Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Ireland: Serious Gaps in Human Rights Protection, Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 39th Session of the UPR Working Group, 1 – 12 November 2021

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Ireland in November 2021. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Ireland in its previous UPR, including in relation to its ratification of human rights treaties and removing the...
Europe and Central Asia Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights

Ireland: Submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture, 61st Session, 24 July to 11 August 2017

Amnesty International submits this briefing to the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture (the Committee) ahead of its examination, in July 2017, of Ireland’s second periodic report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or...
Europe and Central Asia Asylum

Ireland must amend its harsh abortion law, further protect the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, and ratify outstanding international human rights treaties. Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Ireland.

Amnesty International regrets Ireland’s rejection of 16 of the 17 recommendations relating to its harsh abortion law. The reason given is that Ireland’s Constitution may only be amended by popular referendum. This referendum must urgently be held.