It Won’t Be Pretty



Sir Nigel Rodley, UN Human Rights Committee chairman and, right, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in Geneva last Tuesday.

Youu may recall how 16 civil society organisations from Ireland gave brief speeches to the UN Human Rights Committee last week, as part of the committee’s monitoring of states’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (which Ireland signed in October 1973 and ratified in December 1989). The committee also questioned Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and certain civil servants.

The UN committee will officially respond to these discussions on Thursday.

And, following chairmanĀ  Sir Nigel Rodley’s saying how the very idea of symphysiotomy kept him awake at night during his damning closing remarks, it’s expected that Ireland won’t be getting much positive feedback.

The civil groups will respond to the UN committee’s findings on Thursday at 2pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

Previously: What Ties Them Together