Ireland to be quizzed on human rights record in Geneva
Ireland will be quizzed on abortion law, disability rights and discrimination before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next week.
Nine countries have submitted advance questions on Ireland’s human rights record ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) examination which takes place next Wednesday 11 May 2016.
The UPR is a peer-to-peer review process in which each of the 193 United Nations states voluntarily submit themselves for a review of their domestic human rights record every four and a half years.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is expected to address the advance questions and other issues raised at the meeting.
The full list of advance questions, available here, includes:
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has invited memebers of the public to watch the examination live from 1pm at Goldsmiths Hall, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.