Ireland faces questioning before UN Human Rights Committee
Minister for Justice to be questioned on State’s progress on a range of issues including Traveller ethnicity and women’s reproductive rights
Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, who is to appear before the committee this evening and tomorrow morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is leading a Government delegation to the UN’s Human Rights Committee in Geneva, where she will face two days of questioning on such issues as Traveller ethnicity, redress for women who endured symphysiotomy, continued church dominance of schools, discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities and women’s reproductive rights.
Minister Fitzgerald and her team of officials will then come before the committee for three hours this evening and three hours tomorrow morning.
The State is being examined on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Ireland signed in October 1973 and ratified in December 1989.
The 18-member committee includes four women. Allmembers are nominated by signatory states and elected by the entire UN membership. They are independent, unpaid and come from a variety of backgrounds including law, academia and politics.
NGOs here include the Irish Traveller Movement, Pavee Point, Survivors of Symphysiotomy, Inclusion Ireland, Penal Reform Trust, the Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Abortion Rights Campaign, Terminations for Medical Reasons, Doctors for Choice, Atheist Ireland and the Pro-Life Campaign.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will also be represented.