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May I go to the courthouse, please?

Posted on February 12, 2015

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The lack of access to justice for native Irish speakers in the Irish courts system

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) is an international human rights instrument that identifies specific economic, social and cultural rights that States have a duty to protect. Ireland signed and ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1989.

Irish Language Rights and the Law

Language rights come under the remit of Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Article 15 covers cultural rights, and provides that the State must take all necessary steps for “the conservation, the development and the diffusion” of culture. The main suggestions put forward in the civil society Parallel Report on ICESCR are as follows;

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Civil Legal Aid Is Necessary to Truly Uphold ICESCR

Posted on February 04, 2015

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While there is no specific right to access justice in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), without it the ability to enforce rights becomes meaningless.

The Optional Protocol to ICESCR provides individuals with a complaints mechanism under the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. However, like the Committee Against Torture and the Human Rights Committee, while their decisions are persuasive as they can censure the governments, they are not binding and they cannot force the state to comply with the Treaty.

 The ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), the parallel agreement to ICESCR, requires that States must provide an effective remedy to the violation of rights and freedoms. Article 2(3)(b) then specifies that this remedy should preferably be judicial.

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A life of dignity: Why the UN has 28 questions for the Irish government

Posted on January 22, 2015

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A life of dignity: Why the UN has 28 questions for the Irish government

The issues of water privatisation and how to prevent abuse of disabled people in residential care are on the national news agenda this week. However these issues are also on the international agenda as they feature among 28 questions put by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the Irish Government this week.

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A better country: Why we must tell the real story on rights

Posted on January 22, 2015

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When FLAC began co-ordinating a report from organisations on the ground to present to the United Nations on the state of economic, social and cultural rights in Ireland, it became clear very quickly that housing would be a major issue. Consultations with those organisations confirmed that in fact, in Ireland today, people in every conceivable type of housing, as tenant or owner, are at risk of insecure housing or no housing at all. And too many people are homeless.

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