Irish Collective Complaint on Appalling Housing Conditions Deemed Admissible by European Committee of Social Rights

A landmark collective complaint against Ireland, which outlines appalling and widespread sub-standard housing issues across 20 Local Authority housing estates, has been deemed admissible for further investigation at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg  (Decision by the European Committee of Social Rights adopted on Tuesday 17 March 2015). Tenants of Local Authority housing estates were assisted in compiling the collective complaint by Community Action Network (CAN), The Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy at National University Ireland Galway, Ballymun Community Law Centre, Dr. Rory Hearne of the Geography Department at National University Ireland Maynooth and the Irish Traveller Movement (ITM).…

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“Let’s put Human Rights in our Manifestos!” – ATD Ireland’s new campaign

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 will look at what Economic, Social and Cultural Rights mean today and will discuss the request of Irish Constitutional Convention to strengthen the protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Irish Constitution. The Housing crisis, the Right 2 Water demonstrations, the Constitutional Convention recommendation from 23rd February 2014 to include Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Irish Constitution are converging issues. They tell us it is the right time…

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Marking together International Women’s Day, Preparing together the post 2015 agenda

As people across the globe celebrate International Women's Day (8 March), United Nations member states are in discussions that could prove to be the most important negotiations for women in history, according to the global citizens' movement action/2015. Two unique political processes - one that will lead to the adoption later this year of the Sustainable Development Goals and another that is expected to endorse the first climate treaty in a generation - offer an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically transform the lives of women and girls and fulfill their human rights. The UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 development…

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