Human Rights in Ireland

Ibrahim Halawa trial adjourned for tenth time, as Egypt continues to disregard its human rights obligations


Today there has been yet another adjournment in the trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa and 493 others in Cairo as Egypt continues to flout international human rights law with the continued detention of thousands who dared to peacefully protest.

Amnesty International Welcomes the passage of the Marriage Equality Bill - A moment to savour and to celebrate


The Marriage Equality Bill today passed all stages in the Oireachtas and will now go the President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.

Time to free Ibrahim Halawa


Today at the Spire on O’Connell Street in Dublin, Ibrahim Halawa’s family joined with Amnesty International members to call for his immediate and unconditional release.

Ireland Makes History and says Yes to Marriage Equality

First Country in the world to introduce full marriage equality following a popular vote

Today Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce full civil marriage equality for all its people, regardless of their sexual orientation, by way of a universal ballot. In the historic ballot the Irish electorate voted by 62.1% to 37.9% to endorse an amendment to the Irish Constitution asserting that “‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

A chance to make history - for us all

Thu, 05/21/2015 (All day)

Let’s Make History – Amnesty International urges YES vote in civil marriage equality referendum In less than 24 hours, Ireland will go to the polls in a referendum that is truly historic, the first time any nation has asked its people to vote ‘Yes’ and end discrimination against LGBTI people in its civil marriage laws. If passed, Ireland will become the first country anywhere in the world to guarantee its people the equal constitutional right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation, following a popular vote.

Amnesty calls for repeal of legal waiver and extension of deadline in Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme

05 December 2014

Today, on the deadline for applications to the ‘Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme’, Amnesty International has called on the Minister for Health to repeal the legal waiver women must sign before they accept any payment.

A call to accept the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural rights

01 September 2014

Dear Taoiseach,

The Economic, Social and Cultural (ESC) Rights Initiative is a network of organisations and individuals with a shared belief that increased protection of ESC rights in Irish law would contribute to a more just, inclusive and equal society.


Amnesty welcomes final report of the Constitutional Convention and recommendation to strengthen economic, social and cultural rights


Amnesty International has welcomed the publication today of the Constitutional Convention report recommending strengthening economic, social and cultural rights. 

Amnesty welcomes the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to strengthen ESC rights

23 February 2014

In its final meeting this weekend the Constitutional Convention considered whether Bunreacht na hÉireann should be amended to better protect fundamental human rights like health, social security and housing.