Priority Action: Human Rights and Equality Action Plan
Human rights are based the on principles of equality, dignity and mutual respect and are about being treated fairly and treating others fairly. We are all equally entitled to these rights without discrimination regardless of our age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, family status, civil status, membership of traveller community, race, nationality or ethnicity. As a Senator I will forensically examine any legislation that is sent to the Seanad for revision to ensure that these rights are upheld.
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 states:
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”
National Human Rights and Equality Action Plan
“I will campaign for the State to adopt a National Human Rights and Equality Action Plan”
The plan should include:
- Provision for systematic human rights and equality proofing of legislation and policy
- A national programme of human rights and equality education for public and civil servants
- An enforceable requirement for Public Authorities to embed equality and human rights in the carrying out of their functions
- A national curriculum of human rights and equality education for primary and secondary school students
Human Rights – Overview
While continuing its commitment to advancing global human rights Ireland must also progress its domestic human rights compliance. If elected I will support recommendations to strengthen, protect and uphold human rights in the state.
Ireland will benefit from an inclusive society based on respect for human rights and equality. I will work to promote understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights in the State and will advocate for investment in related educational and research activities.
The Interdepartmental Committee for Human Rights (IDCHR) was established in 2015 to improve coherence in the signature and ratification of treaties and fulfilment of reporting obligations.
A dualist legal system operates in the State such that ratification of international treaties does not have automatic effect at domestic level. The majority of international human rights treaties that Ireland has ratified have not been incorporated into law. I will call on the Government to improve its track record beginning with ICRPD and OPCAT.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) was established when The Irish Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Equality Authority (EA) were merged in 2014. The IHREC is Ireland’s National Human Rights institution you can read about its functions here.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 provides for a public sector equality and human rights duty.
Broad Definition of Human Rights in Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014
- the rights, liberties or freedoms conferred on, or guaranteed to, persons by the Constitution,
- the rights, liberties or freedoms conferred on, or guaranteed to, persons by any agreement, treaty or convention to which the State is a party, and
- without prejudice to the generality of paragraphs, (a) and (b), the rights, liberties and freedoms that may reasonably be inferred as being
- inherent in persons as human beings, and
- necessary to enable each person to live with dignity and participate in the
economic, social or cultural life in the State;