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Ireland signed and ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1989.
In light of this, next year, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural rights will examine Ireland’s progress in relation to progress on protecting, respecting and fulfilling people’s basic rights on key issues such as education, health, housing, social security, workers’ rights, employment, protection of families and cultural life.
Further to this, the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) is preparing a shadow independent report for the UN committee – to show the UN committee FLAC’s views of how Ireland has honoured its obligations.
The group will hold two thematic consultation sessions tomorrow in the Franciscan Friary, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin with the morning session (11am-1pm) concentrating on the right to housing and the afternoon session (2-4pm) on the right to social security.
FLAC is also calling for written submissions to be sent to the research team by May 30, 2014.
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