File image of a woman in a niqab receiving a phone call  in Meaux, east of Paris, France. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-face Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and called o(...)

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, (...)

Prof Sir Nigel Rodley, UN Human Rights Committee chairman. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Much coverage of the UN’s scrutiny of Ireland’s human rights record, in Geneva this week, focussed on abortion and symphysiotomy. But the 18-member (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald led the Irish delegation over two days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A constitutional referendum would be required to bring Ireland’s abortion legislation into line with international human rights law, a Government d(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald before the committee this morning.

Ireland has been asked by the United Nations to explain how it will protect non-Christian children, their parents and teachers in public schools. The (...)

“We are progressing a package of measures aimed at restoring confidence in the performance, administration and oversight of policing in Ireland,”  Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald told the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has referred to the “dreadful situation of the survivors of symphysiotomy” in her statement to the United Nati(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, who is to appear before the committee this evening and tomorrow morning. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Progress, or the lack of it, on a range of human rights issues in Ireland will be scrutinised by the United Nations today and tomorrow. Minister for J(...)