UN Report on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty in Ireland
UN Expert calls for Review of all Budgetary and Recovery Policies
The UN Independent Expert for Human Rights and Extreme Poverty has advised that Ireland immediately undertakes a human rights review of all budgetary and recovery policies and ensures that it complies with fundamental human rights principles.
This recommendation is contained in a report issued today by Ms Magdalena following her mission to Ireland in January. The report will be presented to the 17th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 31 May 2011.
The detailed report raises a range of human rights concerns in relation to many of the policies implemented by the Irish Government in the wake of the current crisis. This included the cuts to welfare rates, the impact of tax changes and the Universal Social Charge on the lowest paid, cuts to public services which particularly impact on the most vulnerable, cuts to anti-discrimination and other institutions to community and voluntary organisations representing the most vulnerable in society. The report is also critical of the government for its failure to ensure participation of civil society including those representing the most vulnerable the design of policy to address the crisis.
Ms Sepúlveda also highlighted in the report that ‘even during times of severe resource constraints, Ireland must demonstrate that every effort has been made to use all resources that are at its disposal, in an effort to satisfy, as matter of priority, minimum essential levels of human rights.’
Ms Anna Visser, Director of the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland, in welcoming the report called on the Government to give great consideration to the findings of the report and to ensure that in addressing the crisis the Government gives greater consideration to the impact on the most vulnerable and to what type of society it wanted to develop into the future.
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