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From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Human rights must be put at the heart of the budgetary process Budget 2015

Opinion: Human rights must be put at the heart of the budgetary process

If human rights matter to our government, they must play a significant role in shaping budgetary decisions.

From TheJournal.ie Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set Human Rights

Timeline to end 'slopping out' in prisons needs to be set

The new human rights commissioner said she is concerned about serious gaps in prison complaints procedures.

From TheJournal.ie Is water a human right? Water Water Everywhere

Is water a human right?

Here’s what the UN says.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end Employment Equality

Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end

The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland needs to send a new judge to the European Court of Human Rights Strasbourg

Ireland needs to send a new judge to the European Court of Human Rights

Our current judge, Ann Power-Forde SC, will have to step down from the role in 2017.

From TheJournal.ie Column: 'Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business' Prison

Column: 'Protecting human rights in Colombia is a dangerous business'

A Christian Aid Ireland delegation visited David Rabelo, a human rights defender in Bogota prison, where he is serving 18 years.

From TheJournal.ie A Dublin councillor has travelled to the West Bank to work as a human rights observer Conflict

A Dublin councillor has travelled to the West Bank to work as a human rights observer

Patrick Costello is keeping an ongoing blog of his experiences called, ‘Canal Bank To West Bank’.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland' Oppression

Opinion: 'These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland'

Ireland has the potential to make a difference in two situations that have been raising concerns for human rights groups.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Support for suicidal woman was complicated, not assisted, by abortion legislation Abortion

Opinion: Support for suicidal woman was complicated, not assisted, by abortion legislation

The legislation introduced last year has proved itself to be barbaric and unworkable.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A law that protects no one – the Eighth Amendment sees women as incubators Abortion

Opinion: A law that protects no one – the Eighth Amendment sees women as incubators

This case has sent a clear message to women in Ireland: if you are suicidal and need an abortion, it is highly unlikely that you will get one.

From TheJournal.ie Amnesty accuses Israeli army of "deliberate attacks" on Gaza health workers Allegations

Amnesty accuses Israeli army of "deliberate attacks" on Gaza health workers

The organisation says that it has received “harrowing descriptions” of the “utterly impossible situation”.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Happy 14th birthday, Direct Provision – just think of everything you haven't achieved! Asylum

Opinion: Happy 14th birthday, Direct Provision – just think of everything you haven't achieved!

Those of us who work with asylum seekers can speak to the dehumanising and demoralising effect that life in the direct provision system has on its inhabitants.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: In South Africa, it's often said that being gay is a 'western' thing African Pride

Opinion: In South Africa, it's often said that being gay is a 'western' thing

Irish journalist and director Laura Fletcher’ travelled to South Africa to research the treatment of local LGBT people; her award-winning film will be featured at this weekend’s GAZE Film Festival.

From TheJournal.ie 'Not sitting on the fence': How the government wants backbenchers to explain Ireland's UN abstention Gaza

'Not sitting on the fence': How the government wants backbenchers to explain Ireland's UN abstention

Charlie Flanagan issued advice to government TDs and Senators to deal with queries over Ireland’s controversial decision to abstain from a UN vote on Gaza.

From TheJournal.ie Obama: US "tortured some folks" after 9/11, but critics should not be "too sanctimonious" Torture

Obama: US "tortured some folks" after 9/11, but critics should not be "too sanctimonious"

President Obama said “a lot of those folks were working hard and under enormous pressure, and are real patriots”.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians Peace Building

Opinion: Neither nation can survive without freedom and independence for the Palestinians

Israeli peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan calls on the international community to help end settlement expansion and bring peace to the region.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Proposed transgender laws are good news for lawyers – not couples Gender Recognition

Opinion: Proposed transgender laws are good news for lawyers – not couples

Ireland proposes making trans people in existing marriages divorce as a pre-condition for recognition in their new gender.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived Older People

Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived

Older adults are too often seen as ‘burden’ rather than people who helped build societies and economies.

From TheJournal.ie Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report Symphysiotomy

Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report

The UN human rights committee said Ireland should identify, prosecute and punish those responsible for the procedures without patient consent.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact... we are second class citizens' Human Rights

Opinion: 'At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact... we are second class citizens'

Enshrined into law and sanctioned in social service provision is this attitude: women in Ireland are vessels to be filled and emptied at men’s discretion.

From TheJournal.ie Atheists not hopeful of 'blasphemy' referendum, in spite of UN pressure Human Rights

Atheists not hopeful of 'blasphemy' referendum, in spite of UN pressure

The UN Human Rights Committee has been strongly critical of Ireland’s position regarding blasphemy and religious freedom.

From TheJournal.ie Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to 'slop out' Human Rights

Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to 'slop out'

The Department of Justice said there is a plan in place to end ‘slopping out’ in prisons by 2015.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying fines Human Rights

Ireland told to stop sending people to prison for not paying fines

The UN also expressed concern over the continued practice of slopping out.

From TheJournal.ie Fitzgerald says UN report will be examined but Ireland has its own constitutional position Human Rights

Fitzgerald says UN report will be examined but Ireland has its own constitutional position

The Minister for Justice said that the Government would continue to help and support victims of symphysiotomy.

From TheJournal.ie No plans to revisit abortion laws, in spite of severe criticism from UN No Referendum

No plans to revisit abortion laws, in spite of severe criticism from UN

The UN Human Rights Committee is urging the Government to revise its “highly restrictive” abortion laws.

From TheJournal.ie Poland found to be complicit in US torture programme Human Rights

Poland found to be complicit in US torture programme

The ruling makes Poland the first EU member state to be held to account for involvement in the CIA’s rendition programme.

From TheJournal.ie UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy Human Rights

UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy

The human rights committee also said that those who carried out the procedures without consent should be prosecuted, where possible.

From TheJournal.ie UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortion Human Rights

UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortion

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill comes in for particular criticism from the UN Human Rights Committee.

From TheJournal.ie Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza? Explainer

Why did Ireland abstain from a UN Human Rights Council vote on Gaza?

It wasn’t the only country….

From TheJournal.ie UN rights council launches probe into Israel's Gaza offensive Human Rights

UN rights council launches probe into Israel's Gaza offensive

Meanwhile, rockets were discovered in a UN school close to 3,000 displaced Palestinians.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What will compulsory birth registration of unmarried fathers’ names mean for children? Families

Opinion: What will compulsory birth registration of unmarried fathers’ names mean for children?

A child has a right to the identity of both parents, and radical new legislation seeks to underline this.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A woman pregnant by rape is treated as 'a vessel and nothing more' by Irish law Human Rights

Opinion: A woman pregnant by rape is treated as 'a vessel and nothing more' by Irish law

The UN criticised Ireland’s abortion laws and lambasted the State for failing “to assign any accountability” to issues like Magdalene Laundries, mother-and-baby homes, child abuse and symphysiotomy.

From TheJournal.ie Look who's been nominated Ireland's new human rights commissioner... Human Rights

Look who's been nominated Ireland's new human rights commissioner...

Emily Logan will step down from her post as the Ombudsman for Children to take up role on Ireland’s new rights and equality body.

From TheJournal.ie 'I will stay married': Transsexual woman defiant after court ruling Finland

'I will stay married': Transsexual woman defiant after court ruling

The European Court of Human Rights said her human rights had not been violated.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Once again, we've heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights Not Good Enough

Opinion: Once again, we've heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights

Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.

From TheJournal.ie UN told symphysiotomy patients were 'operated upon wide awake and often screaming' Human Rights

UN told symphysiotomy patients were 'operated upon wide awake and often screaming'

The Justice Minister defended the State redress scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva today.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ireland’s record on civil and political rights comes under the UN spotlight Your Rights

Opinion: Ireland’s record on civil and political rights comes under the UN spotlight

While progress has been made in some areas, long-standing human rights issues persist in Ireland including gender-based violence and a systemic delay in processing asylum applications.

From TheJournal.ie Alan Shatter wants a human rights commission to examine how the Guerin Report was put together Still Angry

Alan Shatter wants a human rights commission to examine how the Guerin Report was put together

It’s not all new ministers today, an ex-minister refuses to be forgotten.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Discrimination against the non-religious is being allowed to continue Atheists

Opinion: Discrimination against the non-religious is being allowed to continue

An amendment to the Employment Equality Act will prevent religious-run hospitals and schools from dismissing employees for being a lone parent, a divorcee, or LGBT – but not for being an atheist.

From TheJournal.ie What are the main issues surrounding fertility in Ireland? Oireachtas Agenda

What are the main issues surrounding fertility in Ireland?

The Health Committee will meet with representatives from the National Infertility Support and Information Group, but what else is happening in Leinster House today?