Posts Tagged ‘ICESCR’

Nolan on Budget 2010: Welfare Cuts and Human Rights

December 10, 2009 1 comment

This post is contributed by our regular contributor Dr. Aoife Nolan. You can read more about Aoife on our Contributors page.

Last month, I blogged in relation to reports on significant reductions in social welfare spending in the 2010 Budget.  In that post, I highlighted some of the implications that the threatened cuts would have for the realisation of government’s obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The rights protected by ICESCR include the right to an adequate standard of living, including the right to adequate housing, food, water and clothing. The rights to work, social security and education, trade union rights and the right to the highest attainable standard of health are also provided for in the instrument.

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Ireland urged to sign the optional protocol to the ICESCR

September 22, 2009 2 comments

UNFrom today’s (22/09/2009) Irish Times comes news that Ireland will not be signing the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). A group of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have condemned this decision, noting:

“The Optional Protocol is not about obtaining compensation, nor is it about trying to use the UN to embarrass national governments; rather it seeks to enable the UN to work with individuals and governments to find solutions.”

Fianna Fail T.D. Tom Kitt has also criticised the decision of the Government for its failure to sign and/or ratify the optional protocol. Mr. Kitt stated “The Government would … demonstrate its clear intention and determination to protect the human rights of Ireland’s population as we enter a challenging economic period ahead.”