Friday, November 24, 2017

Human Rights

Editorial: Human Rights Are Universal

Sarah Lennon
Human rights are universal and that means they apply to us all. Yet the language surrounding human rights and their instruments can mean that human rights are not universally understood. Many people don’t feel connected to them or that they offer solutions or opportunities for inclusion. Terms such as UNCRPD, optional protocol, progressive realisation, periodic review and enforcement mechanism don’t feel very user-friendly.

Finding Sanctuary through Performance

Len Collin directing Kieran Coppinger
I have great admiration for actors. I started my career as a thespian and know how tough and demanding it is to learn lines, remember blocking and handle props, without lapsing in concentration, losing your accent or dropping your character. ...

A dream to visit Hollywood comes true

I like to travel and I have been to lots of different places around the world. I have travelled to France, Italy, Spain, England, Wales, Australia and New Zealand my family. I also went to Greece in 2011, where I represented Ireland in Men’s Basketball at the World Special Olympic Games. ...

Safeguarding is a key element of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

The core element of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is Article 12, which provides for equal recognition before the law of all persons with disabilities and provides that State Parties shall recognise that persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life.

Lessons from Malta on monitoring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Article 33 of the UNCRPD and the Maltese Experience Malta ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD), and the Optional Protocol in 2012. At this stage a Focal Point Office was created within the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging...

Looking at equality and human rights within services

Inclusion Ireland is currently running a project since December 2016 funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) on ‘Rights Committees’ in disability services. The aim of the project is to develop good-practice guidelines for ‘Equality and Rights Committees’ to be set up in disability services across the country, and for these committees to be underpinned by the principles of equality and human rights.

Mental Health Appeal Provision Breaches Human Rights

In an important decision in May 2017, the High Court held that a man detained for 12 months under the Mental Health Act, 2001 did not have sufficient opportunity to challenge his detention. In the case of A.B. v The Clinical Director of St. Loman’s Hospital & Others , Mr Justice Donald Binchy issued a declaration that Part 2 of the Mental Health Act, 2001 ...

The Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability is a Human Rights issue

Catherine Dupre, an Associate Professor in Comparative Constitutional Law, wrote in 2011 in the Guardian newspaper that dignity “sits in the wider human rights landscape of the European convention on human rights (ECHR)”, and that there was a “sorry picture of how some of the most vulnerable members of society are treated when their need for support is at its greatest. Reliance on dignity has highlighted their vulnerability and imposed a positive duty to treat everyone in a human way that does not degrade or ignore their identity”.

The Big Dreamers

Mei Lin Yap at House of Lords, Bank of Ireland in 2017
On Monday 24th October 2016 the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities and the School of Education launched their Business Partners programme, promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace. The launch event was hosted by Bank of Ireland at a special breakfast briefing in the House of Lords with a number of companies in attendance.

Sexual and reproductive healthcare issues facing women with disabilities

Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) focuses on respect for home and family. The Article reaffirms the right of persons with disabilities to marry and have a family, to have access to reproductive and family planning information and education and to have the means to exercise these rights. Both the UNCRPD and broader women’s rights treaties reaffirm the right of women with disabilities to decide on the number and spacing of their children.