The Seanad Public Consultation Committee published a Report on Ireland's Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on June 19th .
The Rapporteur Senator Katherine Zappone says:
“The ICCPR, which commits signatories to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, is a cornerstone of international law and forms part of the International Bill on Human Rights. With the Irish Government due to present a formal progress report next month, it is timely that our cross-party Committee publishes its recommendations today."
"This report is informed by the powerful public testimony and self-advocacy of those whose human rights are directly impacted, including transgender people, people with disabilities and Travellers in the Seanad Chamber on 6 May. This exercise in democratic engagement has resulted in a series of informed, robust and practical recommendations in the area of human rights.”
The report was sent to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva preceding Ireland’s Fourth Periodic Review under the Covenant for which the Government is expected to present their official report in Geneva in July. The report was also sent to the Irish Government.
Zappone emphasized the collaborative spirit of the initiative:
“The report is to assist the Government to identify the main challenges and legislative priorities for Ireland in order to fulfill our obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
You can download the report here.