Minister Stanton Reiterates Importance of Broad-Based Engagement on Equality and Human Rights


19 July 2016


Mr David Stanton T.D., Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, today spoke at the Government’s consultation for civil society on Ireland’s report to the UN on our implementation on the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

The Minister said “Today’s event will give civil society a chance to review the progress that we have made over the past decade on women’s rights. All of us must play our part in promoting equality and human rights. Each of us can make a difference in helping to respect the rights of all. Civil society has an important contribution to play in this process.”

The Minister added “I welcome the progress that we are making on equality and human rights. I am particularly pleased that once the Paternity Leave Bill has been enacted, fathers of children born from 1 September will get the right to two weeks paternity leave. The measure will be good for children, for fathers, for families.”

On 12 July, Minister Stanton addressed the UN General Assembly’s High Level Thematic Debate on Human Rights at the Centre of the Global Agenda.

Minister Stanton also met key officials to discuss best practice in promoting integration and in supporting refugees to settle into their new communities.

Minister Stanton said “We have to get integration right. We have to support those coming into Ireland to build futures for themselves and for their families. New York, a city that has diversity at its heart, can give us vital lessons in getting the process right.”

Minister Stanton concluded “Creating a society that respects the rights of all is a collective process. As I said to the UN, if we harness our collective commitment and experience we can ensure that human rights remains firmly established at the centre of the global agenda. I believe that the same applies here in Ireland. A shared commitment to the values of equality and human rights can ensure that they remain at the heart of our society.”



Note for Editors

The Irish Government will submit its latest report to the UN on 12 September 2016 on the progress that Ireland has made in meeting its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimation Against Women (CEDAW). The Department of Justice and Equality has organised a consultation on 19 July for civil society on the draft report. The consultation is being attended by representatives of a range of equality and human rights organisations. Ireland will appear before the CEDAW Committee to discuss the report in 2017.

Minister David Stanton represented Ireland at the UN General Assembly on Human Rights’ High-Level Thematic Debate in New York on 12 July 2016 which had as its theme ‘Human Rights at the centre of the Global Agenda’.

Minister Stanton had a series of high-level meetings in New York to discuss (1) best practice in promoting integration, (2) supporting refugees, (3) strategies to combat violence against children, including internet violence, and (4) the regulation of gambling, with the following:

· NYC Commissioner for Immigration, Nisha Agarwal;

· Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, UK United Kingdom Minister for Internet Safety and Security, to celebrate the launch of the Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children, and the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation Public Strategy;

· US State Department Director of Refugee Admissions, Larry Bartlett;

· Church Work Service, Director, Mahmound;

· International Rescue Committee, Executive Director, Avigail Ziv;

· New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm;

· UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere;

· New York State Gaming Commissioner, Edmond Burns.


Minister Stanton also attended:

· the UN’s Global Town Hall session “Leading the United Nations” with candidates for future UN Secretary;

· the General Interactive Dialogue on Combatting Discrimination and Inequalities moderated by: Ms. Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;

· a high-level luncheon hosted by Irene Khan, Director General of the International Development Law Association on theme of “Building the foundations for human rights – governance, the rule of law and access to justice”.

In addition, Minister Stanton had a bilateral meeting with the Canadian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Omar Alghabra.