April 2021

Universal Periodic Review - Ireland

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an examination of the human rights records of the 193 UN Member States, of which Ireland is a member. Initiated by the UN Human Rights Council, the UPR process provides an opportunity for Member States to present to the Council how they have improved the human rights situations in their respective countries and to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations and overcome any challenges to the enjoyment of human rights for all. It is the only international peer review mechanism for the human rights records of all UN Member States assessing the extent to which States respect their human rights obligations as set out in:

  • the UN Charter

  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • human rights instruments to which the State is party (human rights treaties ratified by the State)

  • voluntary pledges and commitments made by the State (e.g. national human rights policies and/or programmes implemented)

  • applicable international humanitarian law


Each country review process takes place around every 4-5 years and involves:

  • preparation of a National Report by the State under Review

  • submissions to the UN of reports by civil society organisations

  • an ‘interactive dialogue’ where other States are given an opportunity to ask questions and make recommendations on human rights issues

  • the adoption by the Human Rights Council of the report of the Working Group which includes the State’s position on the recommendations made


Ireland's first NPR was in October 2011. In March 2014, Ireland published a voluntary National Interim Report which outlined the progress made to date since the 2011 report. Ireland’s second NPR was in 2016. The next UPR takes place in April-May 2021.

A coalition of religious congregations and organisations have made a joint submission to Ireland’s UPR led by the Presentation Interprovincial Justice Desk, Edmund Rice International, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles (OLA Ireland) and the International Presentation Association (IPA).  The submission has focused on key social issues of human trafficking, domestic and gender-based violence and the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Other religious congregations and NGOs, including AMRI, supported the final submission.

                                                    UPR submission here

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March 2021

Have you signed the EU vaccine petition yet? 

Ireland still needs 5,803 signatures! 


Click on the above link to sign the petition.
Also copy and paste this link and send to others in your network.

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The OLA Sisters have partnered with various Religious to

highlight some of the concerns and recommendations form the report on Ireland

by the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination .

Throughout March, we will be sharing these videos with you.

Faith Leaders Condemn Potential Uyghur Genocide

More than fifty Irish faith leaders have signed a statement condemning the persecution of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, China. The statement, which echoes one issued by the human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide in August 2020, has been signed by representatives of faith communities from across the island of Ireland. This comes after British lawyers found that there was a ‘ very credible case ’ that the Chinese government was committing genocide against the Uyghurs. To read the statement....

Vaccine Justice: Pandemic Protection for All

Intensified support is needed across the world to support a temporary suspension on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) agreement that currently constrains the manufacture and disbursal of COVID-19 vaccines across the world. This waiver, sought initially by South Africa and India, would enable a temporary waiver on the patent rights of Covid-19 vaccines and other related medicines, equipment and knowledge, which would help to facilitate increased production volume and more widespread manufacturing worldwide to ensure equitable and affordable access for middle and low income countries. At the moment, these talks are at an impasse.
The Holy See is a proponent and supporter of the TRIPS waiver - "the world is on the brink of a catastrophic world failure, and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries."

What can we do?  

Watch the short video produced by  www.noprofitonpandemic.eu that seeks to lobby the European Union to support the temporary waiver and ensure fair and equitable access.
Also watch the short explainer video (from New Zealand), which easily explains this issue and share across your social media https://www.nzalternative.org/the-peoples-vaccine.

Sign the European Citizens Petition and share wider - over 90,000 people have signed so far across Europe. Ireland has only 2,110 out of 9,165 required signatures – that’s just 23.04% who have signed. The aim is for Ireland to reach the threshold by 7th April.


Link to the petition: https://noprofitonpandemic.eu/


Statement of Solidarity with the Family and Friends of George Floyd and all people who experience Racism, not only in the USA but also here in Ireland and Worldwide.