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 “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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14 August. This is an opportunity for you to share your experiences of human rights in Ireland.