In advance of Ireland’s third periodic hearing under the UN Convention against Torture, the Committee against Torture (‘the Committee’) has requested information from Ireland to monitor the State’s implementation of the Convention, including follow-up issues on the Committee’s previous concluding observations on Ireland.

The ratification of OPCAT was a concern for civil society groups in their submissions to the Committee, including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the Immigrant Council of Ireland, the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR) at the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway and the Irish Penal Reform Trust as well as Ireland’s national human rights institution, the Irish Human rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). Click on the name of each organisation to view their submissions in full. All other submissions made by civil society are available here

An opportunity now exists for an incoming government to deliver on the ratification of OPCAT, 13 years after signing.