Ireland has been appointed to the Human Rights Council

Press Notice

13th November 2012

Center for Independent Living, Carmichael House

 “Now that Ireland has been appointed to the Human Rights Council, it should immediately honour its pledge to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and join the other 122 nations which have already ratified what is the most significant Human Rights treaty of the 21st century” said Michael McCabe Chairperson of the Center for Independent Living.

Mr McCabe went on to say that “as part of its campaign to secure a place on the Human Rights Council, Ireland committed to ratifying the UNCRPD ‘as soon as possible’. This pledge was submitted to the UN General Assembly pursuant to Resolution 60/251.”

“The Center for Independent Living has legal advice to the effect that there is no legal impediment to ratifying the UNCRPD.  It would appear that for policy reasons only the Government continues to avoid ratification.  I would say that the Government is afraid that if they ratify it will cost them money, so they go on kicking it to touch as they have done for almost 6 years now” said Gary Lee, the Center for Independent Living’s Executive Director.