Dublin, 12 June 2014 - At the end of an official visit to Ireland on 11 and 12 June, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Anne Brasseur, urged Ireland to use its experience from its own troubled history, to help solve some of Europe’s ongoing conflicts, such as the one that has developed between Russia and Ukraine.
In her address to the Irish Seanad she praised Ireland for being one of the great supporters of the 47 member state Council of Europe, and its values based around the rule of law, democracy and human rights. “Support for these ideals is not to be taken for granted at a time of economic woes, political upheavals and troubling security issues,” she said.
On the issue of the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Ireland, she recognized that the country had had to execute judgments of the Court on extremely sensitive issues, such as abortion. “In doing this, Ireland has taken its international obligations seriously and has not sought a “pick and choose” approach to human rights,” she said. “While Ireland is in many ways a model member state of the Council of Europe, there are, nonetheless, still steps it can take to ratify certain European Conventions, such as those relating to sexual abuse of children, domestic violence, non-discrimination (Protocol 12 of the ECHR), money laundering and cybercrime.
She also urged the Irish authorities to take action on recommendations of the different monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe, highlighting the need to tackle conditions of detention, the situation of Irish Travellers and the position of asylum seekers and refugees. (more...)