Human rights commission intervened in seven cases last year
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) intervened in seven cases in Ireland’s superior courts last year and provided legal advice or legal representation to 72 people in a range of cases.
The Commission laid its annual report for 2017 before the Houses of the Oireachtas today.
In launching the report, chief commissioner Emily Logan welcomed recent positive progress on human rights and equality issues, but warned that significant areas of concern remain, particularly around housing and the increased level and types of discrimination.
The Commission appeared as an amicus curiae in cases such as:
Ms Logan (pictured) said: “Progress has been made on human rights and equality issues, including State recognition of Traveller ethnicity; in healthcare, following the referendum to repeal the Eighth amendment; and Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. However, rights must not only be recognised, but must also be vindicated through the State’s services and our laws.
“The Commission is seeing significant numbers of people contacting us directly about experiencing discrimination related to their disability, their housing status, their gender and their race, illustrating a clear need for a sustained focus on actions to eliminate discrimination in Ireland.
“The Commission will continue to examine what practical actions are being taken to vindicate people’s human rights and equality of treatment, in particular regarding the forthcoming legislation governing a framework for abortion services, and legislation giving effect to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”