UPR Consultation 2011

In February and March 2011, the Your Rights Right Now Campaign Team conducted seventeen consultation and public information events throughout the country. The team visited locations including Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford in order to ensure the widest possible participation. 

Events comprised a short presentation outlining the current UPR process followed by lengthy discussions with participants regarding Ireland's human rights record. These meetings covered a broad range of human rights issues with a focus on local concerns.

The consultation events were attended by interested members of the public and representatives from a diverse range of special interest groups including local community organisations, women's groups, refugees, people identifying as LGBT, young people, trade unionists, people with disabilities, older people and many others.

National Review, 10 March 2011

Colin Wrafter, DFA; Noeline Blackwell, FLAC; Paul Rowe, Educate Together; Layla de Cogan Chin; Deaglán Ó Briain, UPR Secretariat and Deirdre Duffy, Irish Council for Civil Liberties at the 'Your Rights. Right Now' National Review in Dublin's Ashling Hotel on 10 March 2011.

The process concluded with the Your Rights. Right Now National Review event in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin on 10 March 2011. The National Review provided participants who had attended the consultation events, representatives from local and national organisations and other interested parties an opportunity to discuss the draft report prior to its final submission to the UN. At the review, the UPR Campaign Team noted the high level of participation throughout the consultation process as evidenced by the 84 written submissions received from both organisation and members of the public highlighting issues for inclusion in the report.

The Report Launch, 19 April 2011

Your Rights. Right Now Launch 19 April 2011

Pictured above: Jacqueline Grogan from the Disabilty Federation of Ireland, ICCL Director Mark Kelly and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch pictured at the launch of the 'Your Rights. Right Now' Report on 19 April 2011.

Following the Review the final report was sent the UN on 21 March 2011. On 19 April 2011 Kathleen Lynch TD, the Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, formally launched the report at an event in European Parliament offices in Dublin's Molesworth Street. 

A big thank you to all those who participated in the Your Rights Right Now consultation process. The UN's compiled Stakeholder Report makes specific reference to the Your Rights Right Now submission (which the UN has labeled Joint Submission No.1) 30 times in the 11 page report and 52 times in 167 footnotes. A great success for all involved!

Click on the links below for more information and pictures from our nationwide civil society consultation and public information sessions. Click on the photographs to go to our flickr page, where more photographs can be viewed. On the right hand column, you will find three short films by Aoibheann O'Sullivan documenting the 'Your Rights. Right Now' campaign since its launch in January 2011.