Irish Refugee Council | IRC submission to the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance highlights continuing failures in the

By: Irish Refugee Council  05/12/2011
Keywords: human rights, Refugee Council

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC ) has criticised the state for maintaining systems that are time consuming, costly and hugely damaging to asylum seekers in order to make Ireland an unattractive place in which to claim asylum in its submission to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ERCI). Sue Conlan, chief executive of the [..]

Posted on: November 25, 2011

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says:  “Negative stereotypes create racism.  As we saw earlier this week when a Nigerian taxi driver was assaulted, this can lead to violence.  We all have a role to play in counteracting negative stereotypes and our elected officials have a special role to play in promoting tolerance [..]

Posted on: November 22, 2011

On 1 December 2011, Ireland will submit its third periodic report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This Covenant deals with rights such as housing, adequate food, education and health.  The system of Direct Provision negatively impacts upon these rights in the case of asylum seekers in Ireland. In conjunction [..]

Posted on: November 21, 2011

OPINION: There needs to be an effective remedy to asylum review cases so aggrieved applicants will not have to look to the courts for redress, writes CATHERINE McGUINNESS WHEN THE courts resume next month the High Court will return to a backlog of more than 1,400 asylum and immigration cases. With 59 per cent of [..]

Posted on: October 19, 2011

On Thursday 6 October,  Ireland was reviewed for the first time under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. The UPR is a new and unique human rights mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council aiming at improving the human rights situation of each of the 192 UN Member States.  Under the mechanism, the human [..]

Posted on: October 10, 2011

Posted on: September 7, 2011

  The East African community in Dublin, supported by the Irish Refugee Council, will give a helping hand to their country men and women affected by the famine in Somalia at a fundraising extravaganza on Friday, 2nd September. The fundraiser will bring together people of all ages and nationalities for a night of traditional Somali [..]

Posted on: September 22, 2011

Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, says: “The 60th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention is an opportunity for us to reflect on whether we are living up to our international obligation to protect people fleeing persecution.  Reform of the Irish asylum process is long overdue and meanwhile the people who have come [..]

Posted on: August 23, 2011

Wednesday, 1 June 2011 Recent protests over conditions in Galway hostels are symptomatic of the fact that Direct Provision is an inhumane and flawed system according to the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) and the Galway Refugee Support Group. Sue Conlan, Chief Executive of the IRC, says: “The Direct Provision system has an unacceptable human and [..]

Posted on: September 22, 2011

  Friday, 4 June 2011: The Irish Refugee Council are delighted to announce that former Supreme Court judge and former President of the Law Reform Commission, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness has accepted an invitation to become patron of the Council.   In accepting, Mrs. Justice McGuinness expressed an interest in promoting comprehensive reform of the asylum [..]

Posted on: September 22, 2011

Keywords: human rights, Refugee Council