This afternoon.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties launched an Election 2020 Manifesto in which it has asked political candidates and parties to commit to eight calls to action.

They are:

“Establish Safe Access Zones at medical facilities so that women and pregnant people can access abortion care in privacy, safety and with dignity.

Introduce Hate Crime legislation so that we all feel safer from hateful attacks.

Protect our privacy and data by halting the illegal Public Services Card project.

Establish a new Independent Office of the Police Ombudsman so that we can all have confidence in An Garda Síochána.

Implement inspections of all places of detention in order to prevent torture behind closed doors.

Establish an Ombudsman for Victims of Crime to ensure justice for victims of crime.

Outlaw image-based sexual abuse to prevent non-consensual creation and/or sharing of intimate images.

Reform the Electoral Act to allow civil society organisations to function without fear.”

The manifesto can be read in full here

Previously: “It’s A Photograph. Let’s Call It What It Is”

Via ICCL

9 thoughts on “Fresh Canvass

  1. Ben Redmond

    Some seem fair, other demands could curtail constitutional rights. The ICCL is one of many organisations that have an interest in civil liberties. It advocates some rights and passes over others.

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  2. A Person

    Oh fupp off ICCL with your PC bull poo. “so that we all feel safer from hateful attacks”…..seriously who wrote this crap. Is any attack not a hateful attack? What is wrong with a public services card, that would prove efficiency in public services and remove red tape? This is the crowd that don’t want the Guards with body cams in case it impedes personal privacy. Instead lets allow criminals to get away with all sorts of abuse in case their privacy is impacted.

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      1. A Person

        Really that’s your reply? I don’t agree with a bunch of PC crap, and I am a frapist?? Btw I think fraperoom is deeply offensive (had to look it up). Suggesting rape in rely to a comment I made?
        Grow up. I’ve nothing to do with any political party but cannot stand bs merchants. Next time please comment on content – play the ball, not the man / woman.

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  3. A Person

    Really that’s your reply? I don’t agree with a bunch of PC crap, and I am a frapist?? Btw I think fraperoom is deeply offensive (had to look it up). Suggesting rape in rely to a comment I made?
    Grow up. I’ve nothing to do with any political party but cannot stand bs merchants. Next time please comment on content – play the ball, not the man / woman.

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  4. newsjustin

    The first and last of these manifesto items appear to be completely at odds.

    The last item seeks to ensure that civil society organisations can function without fear. But the first item strives to restrict the right to hold peaceful protests in the public realm and to prosecute those who do not obey.

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    1. Cian

      I agree that the Irish Council for Civil Liberties calling for a restriction on peoples right to protest is totally bizarre.

      However it’s not at odds when you read the detail of #8 (the summary above doesn’t capture it) . From their website:

      Reform the Electoral Act
      The Electoral Act sets out a number of restrictions on political campaign financing. These restrictions are appropriate and necessary to protect the integrity of our elections; however, poorly drafted amendments to the Act mean that community organisations, residents’ groups and charities have faced prosecution for expressing views on matters of public interest. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency has stated that this anomaly presents a serious threat to freedom of expression and association in Ireland. A Private Members Bill has been published to fix anomalies in the Electoral Act and to ensure that necessary rules on political financing do not impede on the rights of civil society groups to organise and advocate for social change.

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      1. newsjustin

        I have to say, I didn’t read the detail of what they propose about the Electoral Act. I was focussing on the big picture goal to “allow civil society organisations to function without fear.” Threatening prosecution on people for protesting peacefully in public is not helping that goal.

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