Ireland: ICJ sumission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Europe and Central Asia
Issue: Civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights
Document Type: Legal Submission
Date: 2015

Today, the ICJ and the Center for Reproductive Rights made a submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in view of its examination of Ireland’s Third Periodic Report.

The submission highlights concerns regarding Ireland’s compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a result of its highly restrictive legislative framework on abortion.

The Center and the ICJ consider that Ireland’s laws on abortion undermine women’s enjoyment of a number of rights under the ICESCR, and in particular the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

The submission briefly describes the current regulation of abortion in Ireland. It then summarizes the way in which previous treaty monitoring bodies’ conclusions and recommendations have addressed women’s access to safe and legal abortion, including specifically in Ireland.

The submission concludes with a number of number of recommendations.

Ireland-ICJ CESCR submission-Advocacy-non legal submission-2015-ENG (full text in PDF)

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