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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.”