28 Jul

Have a say on the situation of Human Rights in Ireland!

You have an important opportunity to influence the upcoming peer review of Ireland’s human rights track record.

All of the United Nation’s 192 member states are required to take part in a periodic reviews of each country’s performance under the various international Human Rights treaties. These reviews take place in addition to the review processes under specific treaties, and are therefore considered “universal”, as they apply to the full range of human rights obligations.

In April next year, it is Ireland’s turn to be reviewed.  These “Universal Periodic Reviews” (UPR) take place every four years and are meant as a stock take of every aspect of a country’s human rights record. The review covers all types of rights and are undertaken by other UN member states, in a system known as peer review.

The last time Ireland was reviewed under this Peer Review mechanism was in 2011

The Rights Now campaign is highlighting the importance of the UPR process and encouraging as many people and organisations as possible to get involved in the process.

There is a public consultation meeting on Thursday the 30th July from 11.00 am to 1.00pm, at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, 16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7.

You can also fill in the UPR on-line form!

Specific written submissions should be returned to rightsnow@iccl.ie by Friday 14 August. This is an opportunity for you to share your experiences of human rights in Ireland.


20 Jul

“Let’s put Human Rights on our Manifestos” – Final workshop on 28th July

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In March 2015, ATD launched the project “Let’s put Human Rights in our Manifestos”.

From March 2015 to June 2015, ATD volunteers and community groups from the North Inner City looked at what Economic, Social and Cultural Rights mean today and discussed the request of Irish Constitutional Convention to strengthen the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Irish Constitution.

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The project will be concluded with a plenary workshop gathering all participants (on 28th July from 10.30am in the new offices of the IHREC) and with the design of an advocacy booklet which will invite political parties to include the ESC Rights Recommendation of the Constitutional Convention in their pre-election 2016 Manifestos.

In 2015, pre-election year, the project “Let’s put Human Rights on our Manifestos” is part of the mobilisation of the Irish Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative (ESC Rights Initiative – contact: escrightsinitiative@gmail.com).  This coalition of NGOs calls on the Government to accept the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention and to prepare a #YesSolidarity referendum allowing the citizens to decide whether in the future, the Irish State should be obliged to make decisions that prioritise the fundamental dignity of people.

If you are interested to attend and contribute, please contact: pierre@atdireland.ie

– Download “A Manifesto Priority” – A statement by the ESC Rights Initiative
– Download the 2014 Report of the Constitutional Convention on ESC Rights

This project is funded by Fondation ATD and the IMPACT Joe Lucey Small Grant Fund

17 Jul

Discussing the post-2015 agenda – Beyond 2015 reaction

Presse-papiers-5The July session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda will extend over a two-week period (20-31 July) and focus on the revised zero draft of the post-2015 outcome document.

Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign, pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. Beyond 2015 brings together more than 1000 Civil Society Organisations in over 130 countries around the world.

In preparation for this session, Beyond 2015 has released an official reaction. Check it out: full reaction available here; 3-page summary available here.

14 Jul

The Future Perspective of the Irish Community Platform


With 27 other national networks and organisations, ATD Ireland is member of the  Community Platform to work to address poverty, social exclusion, and inequality.

Our objectives are to facilitate solidarity amongst the organisations involved, organise community sector participation in partnership arrangements with the State, and establish a critical voice for equality, rights and anti-poverty interests at a national level.

The paper “The Future Perspective of the Community Platform“, launched on 14th July 2015, sets out some key elements of the situation in Ireland after six years of austerity policies and proposes policy directions for a future Ireland that would better reflect the values of the Community Platform.

It builds on a body of policy work done in previous years by the Community Platform and is based on discussion and exchange with our member organisations.

It is published in what is a crucial year as we struggle to emerge from recession and crisis.

It is essential that we not only undo the damage of policies that have deepened poverty and inequality but also set out and implement plans for an economy and society based on new values.

Read press release here Widening inequality hitting most vulnerable

11 Jul

11 July: #FinanceOurFuture action day!



On Saturday 11 July, in more than 70 cities around the world, tens-of-thousands of campaigners backed by leaders such as Desmond Tutu or Malala Yousafzai are taking to the streets to call for governments to fairly fund essential services, honour their aid commitments and crack down on tax dodging.

In Ireland, All Together in Dignity with action/2015 invites citizens to support the Global Day of Action on the social networks using the hashtags #FfD3 #FinanceOurFuture #RecommitToAid #Action2015 #EndPoverty and #LeaveNoOneBehind.

ATD joins the “Act Now on 2015” campaign giving to the Irish citizens an opportunity to call on their local TDs using the website www.actnow2015.ie/action/current/

Full press-release with suggested tweets for 11 July action day here

Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: “In all my years of campaigning I have never seen a year blessed with so much opportunity to make the world safer, healthier and fairer. With the agreement of a new climate treaty and new poverty goals, 2015 can herald a new era. We must not waste this chance. By uniting across continents, faiths and generations, we can make sure world leaders hear and act on our calls for them to set ambitious goals for the future, goals which will bring about positive change for people everywhere and for the precious planet we inhabit.”

Malala Yousafzai, student, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and co-founder of the Malala Fund said: “Leaders of the 21st century must deliver on their promises to invest in the future and start investing in books, education and hope, rather than in weapons, war and conflicts.” said Malala. “Only education will unlock the potential of millions of my sisters and brothers. They are brilliant young minds who will become, if given the chance of 12 years of quality primary and secondary education, the next great scientists, engineers or teachers or anything they want. Getting millions of girls into school seems impossible. But like my story, it is not. What we have seen is that when we choose to act, girls in the darkest corners of the world can be reached with the light of education.”


In this very special year and ahead of the three upcoming UN conferences (Financing for Development next week, Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New-York in September, and the Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris in December), ATD Ireland with ATD International will share concrete proposals around three main benchmarks :

1- Evaluate the impact of programmes, not only considering the average population, but taking into special account the poorest 20% of the population.

2- Ensure that the most disadvantaged populations, who are often, voluntarily or not, excluded from decision-making processes, are consulted and involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes.

3- Set-up social protection and training systems in order to enable these populations to benefit from the employment created by the shift to a “green economy”.

Full #FfD3 ATD position paper here.

Read also the Dochas press release: ‘It all hinges on Addis – Irish NGOs travel to Addis Ababa for crucial UN Summit which will set the global financial agenda’

01 Jul

ATD to attend first Irish Humanitarian Summit


The Irish Government & the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action will convene the Irish Humanitarian Summit on July 2nd 2015.

This Summit, the first of its kind in Ireland, will be addressed by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State Séan Sherlock will also address the event which is an opportunity for the Irish humanitarian community to affirm a new Humanitarian Agenda for Ireland.

This Irish Summit is part of a consultation process in order to prepare the World Humanitarian Summit. This process was initiated by the UN Secretary General to improve global humanitarian action, and will culminate in Istanbul in 2016.

This initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, managed by UN OCHA, is the first World Humanitarian Summit that will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.

ATD Ireland will join the Irish Humanitarian Summit on July 2nd 2015 even if ATD is not a humanitarian aid organization. Our experience is in overcoming poverty by building relationships between people in poverty and other sectors of society, in both industrialized and developing countries, as well as through cultural and educational projects that reinforce the solidarity that exists among the most excluded populations.

Discover ATD’s main recommendations here.