July 27 2017

Today, the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton, T.D heads up the Irish delegation that has travelled to Geneva for Ireland’s examination by a UN Expert Committee of Ireland’s Second Report under the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane, Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).


In his opening address, Minister Stanton said that Ireland has a strong human rights record and looked forward to engaging in an open and frank dialogue with the Committee over the following two days. He said that the UNCAT process, to which Ireland is a party, is a key international human rights instrument through which we seek to protect and vindicate rights of persos both at home and abroad. .Minister Stanton said that he was delighted that so many members of our civil society groups, and our Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, were in Geneva, or were observing proceedings online


Minister Stanton pointed to many positive developments since Ireland last appeared before the UNCAT Committee in 2011 which clearly illustrated our commitment to honouring both the letter and spirit of the Convention.


These developments included:

In the area of social legacy issues, Minister Stanton acknowledged that Ireland accepts that it cannot be proud of certain aspects of its social history but highlighted what the Government, and its predecessors, has done to address them including: