Upcoming Events

National | Rights and Freedoms

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

forward

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Docklands community to mark 50th anniversary of death of Sean O?Casey ? this weekend 10:57 Tue Sep 16, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Scottish Independence: The OECD speaks 09:30 Tue Sep 16, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link All Out! Dancing in Dulais 23:31 Mon Sep 15, 2014 | Tomboktu

offsite link The Youth Vote 21:02 Mon Sep 15, 2014 | doctorfive

offsite link The Rising Tide ? LookLeft 19 in shops now 20:01 Mon Sep 15, 2014 | guestposter

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Global Finance, Money and Power: Lecture One - The Nature of Money and Credit 10:21 Thu Sep 11, 2014

offsite link MANDATE TRADE UNION TRAINING - IRELAND AND FINANCE (SEP 2014) 08:58 Tue Sep 09, 2014

offsite link I SEE THE CLICHÉ CHICKENS ARE BACK AGAIN TED 10:02 Sat Aug 30, 2014

offsite link IRELAND?S TAX HAVEN INDUSTRY 22:01 Tue Aug 05, 2014

offsite link IPA Summer School - Social Justice, Poverty and Ireland - 28 July 2014 11:56 Mon Jul 28, 2014

Dublin Opinion >>

Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link The September Socialist Voice Out Now Tue Sep 16, 2014 13:36 | Irish Left Review

offsite link The Rising Tide ? LookLeft 19 in Shops Now Fri Sep 12, 2014 17:17 | Irish Left Review

offsite link Phil Hogan, the Embodiment of the Crony Capitalist Links Between Business and Po... Wed Sep 10, 2014 21:16 | Andy Storey

offsite link The Loneliness of a Low-Tax, Low-Wage Economy Thu Sep 04, 2014 17:39 | Michael Taft

offsite link Ideology and the Corporation Tax Debate Thu Sep 04, 2014 15:54 | Sean Byers

Irish Left Review >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link On Repealing the 8th Amendment. #repealthe8th Thu Sep 11, 2014 08:43 | admin

offsite link ?Let us Play?: Support Children in Direct Provision Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:05 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project begins next month! Tue Sep 09, 2014 13:11 | admin

offsite link Legal observers (and other volunteers) needed for the March for Choice. Tue Sep 09, 2014 08:30 | admin

offsite link Call for Show of Solidarity ? Survivors of Symphysiotomy ? September 11th Mon Sep 08, 2014 13:58 | Máiréad Enright

Human Rights in Ireland >>

News Release - Government Rejects UN Rapporteur's Recommendations on Corrib

category national | rights and freedoms | press release author Wednesday April 30, 2014 19:04author by shell2c Report this post to the editors

News Release - Issued by Mayo Shell to Sea
April 30th, 2014 - For immediate release

In a submission to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Shell to Sea have criticised the Irish Government for rejecting recommendations made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights regarding the policing of Corrib protest [1].

In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2013, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Irish Government to “Investigate all allegation and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner” [2].

Ms Sekaggya met with Shell to Sea, Table Observers and other concerned members of the community in November 2012
Ms Sekaggya met with Shell to Sea, Table Observers and other concerned members of the community in November 2012

Ms Sekaggya's recommendations were echoed earlier this year by Archbishop Desmond Tutu who supported the call for an independent inquiry into the policing of Corrib [3].

However earlier this month Minister for Justice Alan Shatter rejected the recommendation saying “I do not see a necessity for an independent inquiry into the policing operation in north County Mayo.”[4]

Other relevant recommendations made by Rapporteur Sekeggya, including allowing the Garda Ombudsman to do an “examination of the practices, policies and procedures of the police in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute” also have been ignored by the Irish Government.

Another recommendation that was highlighted in the Shell to Sea submission was Ms Sekaggya's recommendation calling on Ireland to:
"Enact adequate overarching legislation to protect whistle-blowers in all sectors of activity, ensuring that it complies fully with the United Nations Convention against Corruption;" a recommendation which has proven to be very timely given the situation that emerged surrounding the allegations of corruption made by Garda Sgt. Maurice McCabe and Garda John Wilson and how these whistle-blowers were treated by their superiors up to and including Commissioner Callinan and Minister Shatter.

Terence Conway of Shell-to-Sea states “Bearing in mind the cosy relationship that Alan Shatter enjoyed with the former Garda Commissioner, his hostile reaction to the Garda whistle-blowers and now his rejection of the recommendation by the UN rapporteur for an independent investigation into the policing of the Corrib Gas dispute, it is clear he is quite happy for corruption and human rights abuses to go unchecked within the Gardaí.”

The submission is being made to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as part of the follow-up programme to the Universal Periodic Review of human rights in Ireland. [5,6]

ENDS

For more information contact:

Terence Conway: 086 0866264

http://www.shelltosea.com
http://www.facebook.com/shelltosea
http://twitter.com/#!/ShellToSea

Links

[1] Shell to Sea submission to the follow-up programme on the Universal Periodic Review
http://www.shelltosea.com/content/shell-sea-submission-...ramme
[2] Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya - Mission to Ireland
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/Regul...n.pdf

[3] Inquiries into Garda Activities - Written Dail Questions http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2014-04-01a.802#...803.q

[4] Archbishop Tutu calls for independent inquiry into policing of Corrib gas project - Lorna Siggins - Irish Times
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/archbishop-t...42403

[5] Shell to Sea Universal Periodic Review submission
http://www.shelltosea.com/content/shell-sea-universal-p...ssion

[6] Universal Periodic Review - Ireland - Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/PAGES/IESession12.aspx

The Shell to Sea Campaign has three main aims:

1) That any exploitation of the Corrib gas field be done in a safe way that will not expose the local community in Erris to unnecessary health, safety and environmental risks.
2) To renegotiate the terms of the Great Oil and Gas Giveaway, which sees Ireland’s 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent* off the West Coast go directly to the oil companies, with the Irish State retaining a 0% share, no energy security of supply and only 25% tax on profits against which all costs can be deducted.
3) To seek justice for the human rights abuses suffered by Shell to Sea campaigners due to their opposition to Shell’s proposed inland refinery.
Posted Date:
30 April 2014

Link:

Related Link: http://www.shelltosea.com/content/shell-sea-submission-...ramme
© 2001-2014 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy