Submission to Irish Council of Civil Liberty to Feed into the Universal Periodic Review
Barnardos. (2012). Submission to Irish Council of Civil Liberty to Feed into the Universal Periodic Review. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/417
Barnardos welcomes the opportunity to input into the Irish Council of Civil Liberties’ NGO report to the UN Human Rights Council. Barnardos believes that scrutinising Ireland’s performance through the Universal Periodic Review process will help the incoming Government to take stock of our failure to adequately protect human rights and be an impetus for reform. Ireland has signed up to a number of UN and international human rights and equality instruments. In the past ten years, some progress was made to improving the human rights and equality infrastructure for instance the enactment of Equal Status Act 2000, Disability Act 2005 and establishment of the Equality Authority1. However, more recently there has been a significant pulling back on supporting human rights with funding cuts of 32% and 43% to Irish Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority respectively. These cutbacks coupled with a failing to advance human rights through legalisation are impacting negatively on children. In this short submission, Barnardos will focus on areas where we believe the Government has failed through its domestic legislation and policies to protect or promote children’s rights.