Members and supporters of Survivors of Symphysiotomy protesting outside the Dáil in 2014. For a State scheme to destroy such valuable data on this involuntary childbirth surgery is to violate survivors’ human rights and obliterate the very stuff of history. Photograph: Alan Betson

The assessor to the symphysiotomy payment scheme, Maureen Harding Clark, has reaffirmed her intention to shred applicants’ unclaimed medical records. (...)

 David Ford: to appeal judgment.  Photograph: Arthur Allison.

The Belfast High Court judgment on access to abortion in the North has rightly been described as historic. The outcome of the case taken by the Northe(...)

 Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon: asked after Thursday’s examination whether there had been “ongoing dialogue” between his office and Justice on extending his remit to direct provision centres, he said there had not. Photograph: Sara Freund

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon has disputed Government claims about the rights of children in direct provision made to a United Nations committ(...)

Parliament Buildings at Stormont, in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith.

A United Nations committee has expressed concern about Northern Ireland’s “highly restrictive” abortion laws in a report. The UN’s Human Rights Commit(...)

A US Senate Intelligence Committee staff member enters the committee’s offices on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A United Nations human rights expert said a report that the US Senate released on Tuesday revealed a “clear policy orchestrated at a high level within(...)

‘The women have a right to reparations, which must be proportionate to the violence done to them.’ Members and supporters of Survivors of Symphysiotomy protesting outside Government Buildings in September. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A former senior civil servant in the Taoiseach’s office has called for a review of Ireland’s current two-year membership of the UN Human Rights Counci(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

Pro-democracy protesters gather on a main street they occupy at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong today. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Public support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters appears to be growing, especially among young people, according to a survey, highlighting the (...)

A group of asylum seekers have said they were protesting over delays in the processing of their asylum status, and also complained about conditions at their accommodation centre. File photograph: Getty Images

A group of protesting asylum seekers who claimed to be on hunger strike at an accommodation centre in Co Limerick have been transferred to other asylu(...)

Following the recent revelations about mother-and-baby homes, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “It is about the kind of country Ireland was.” I wish he was (...)