Irish Refugee Council condemns racist comments by Councillor Scully

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says:  “Negative stereotypes create racism.  As we saw earlier this week when a Nigerian taxi driver was assaulted, this can lead to violence.  We all have a role to play in counteracting negative stereotypes and our elected officials have a special role to play in promoting tolerance […]

Posted on: 22 November 2011

Ireland’s record on economic, social and cultural rights to be reviewed

On 1 December 2011, Ireland will submit its third periodic report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This Covenant deals with rights such as housing, adequate food, education and health.  The system of Direct Provision negatively impacts upon these rights in the case of asylum seekers in Ireland. In conjunction […]

Posted on: 21 November 2011

Effective asylum reforms would reduce reliance on courts

OPINION: There needs to be an effective remedy to asylum review cases so aggrieved applicants will not have to look to the courts for redress, writes CATHERINE McGUINNESS WHEN THE courts resume next month the High Court will return to a backlog of more than 1,400 asylum and immigration cases. With 59 per cent of […]

Posted on: 19 October 2011

Ireland reviewed by the Human Rights Council

On Thursday 6 October,  Ireland was reviewed for the first time under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. The UPR is a new and unique human rights mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council aiming at improving the human rights situation of each of the 192 UN Member States.  Under the mechanism, the human […]

Posted on: 10 October 2011

Catherine McGuinness launches roadmap for a transparent, fair and cost-effective asylum system

Posted on: 7 September 2011