Interpreting the ‘Right to Life’

One of the functions of the committee of experts that constitute a UN Treaty Body is to publish their interpretation of the content of the human rights provisions contained in the treaty they monitor. These interpretations are known as general comments and also may include guidance on the information that should be submitted in State […]

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Climate Change Damaging Health of Millions While Greenhouse Gas Levels Surge

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has recently reported that concentrations of CO2 gas (a major greenhouse gas contributor to global warming) had surged in 2016 to reach a level not seen for more than 3 million years.. More alarmingly is that the abrupt rate of increase in concentration of the gas in the atmosphere is […]

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ERI Oral Statements at UN Human Rights Council

At the recent Human Rights Council session, Edmund Rice International made statements as part of the formal adoption of the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) of the United Kingdom and South Africa. During the review itself, which took place in May of this year, ERI lobbied member states regarding the recommendations made in […]

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Governments, Not Terrorists, the Biggest Threat

Speaking at the opening of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva the High Commissioner highlighted the intimidation, bullying and reprisals directed towards human rights defenders and NGOs by governments that were increasingly setting a course towards authoritarianism and oppression. He reiterated that adherence to human rights principles were the only way […]

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School Dropout Rates in Ireland Again in the Spotlight

The recent publication of the results of the Leaving Certificate examinations in Ireland prompts a reflection from Rachel Lucy from the Cork Life Centre. The Cork Life Centre is a voluntary organisation, which continues to receive support from the Christian Brothers, and which offers an alternative learning environment to marginalised young people. The Centre caters […]

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