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 (...)

Abortion and the law

When, in December 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in A, B, and C v Ireland that Ireland was in violation of Article 8 of the Eur(...)

The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

On Thursday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) published its long-awaited observations on Ireland’s human rights record, but the countr(...)

 Pro- choice protesters outside the Dail during the  debate on  the abortion / Protection of Life Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The trenchant criticism by the UN Human Rights Committee, which published its concluding observations yesterday, places yet another dark cloud over Ir(...)

The UN Human Rights Committee report comes following questioning of an Irish Government delegation, led by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, on Ireland’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in Geneval last week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The “perpetrators” of symphysiotomy should be punished and prosecuted, the United Nations has said. In observations on Ireland’s human rights record, (...)