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Irish Penal Reform Trust, Irish Council for Civil Liberties. (2011) Joint shadow report to the first periodic review of Ireland under the United Nations convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Dublin: Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Irish Penal Reform Trust.

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On 23 and 24 May 2011, Ireland will be examined by the UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT) to judge whether it is meeting its international human rights obligations to prevent torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. IPRT, in conjunction with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, have now published their joint shadow report, which was submitted to the UNCAT on 21st April 2011. The report highlights how Ireland is not meeting its obligations and makes a number of recommendations to the Government which should be implemented in due course.

In particular, the report makes a number of recommendations about the prison system in order to prevent torture, inhumane or degrading treatment in Irish prisons. Recommendations on prisons include:

•The State should take all necessary measures to improve conditions of detention, including reducing overcrowding and setting safe custody limits.

•The State must eradicate the “slopping out” of human waste in Irish prisons as a priority issue and set targets to meet this obligation. In the interim, the Irish Prison Service should introduce measures to minimise the effects of slopping out by conducting toilet patrols throughout the night.

•The placement of mentally-ill individuals in Irish prisons should cease.

•An independent prison complaints system must be established either through the prompt establishment of a Prisoner Ombudsman, or through amending or extending the remit of existing bodies.

•Drug-free units should be established across the prison estate and the State should ensure that non-drug using prisoners are not accommodated with known drug-users. A structured approach to reducing and eventually stopping prisoners’ dependency on drugs must be developed


Date:2011
Call No:MN10.2.10, VH4.2
Pages:68 p.
Publisher:Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Irish Penal Reform Trust
Corporate Creators:Irish Penal Reform Trust, Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB 6436 (Available)
Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)

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