Entries by Martina Quinn

Corporal Punishment Now Completely Outlawed in Ireland

Forty-six countries around the world completely ban corporal punishment, including 20 of the 28 EU states.  Ireland is now one of them. Last Wednesday, TDs passed an amendment to the Children First Bill, removing a “reasonable chastisement” provision from Irish law, which had allowed parents and carers to use corporal punishment in certain circumstances. Thanks to […]

Guest Blog – Film Review: ‘He Named Me Malala’

Over the coming weeks, the #MakeRightsReal blog will feature opinion pieces and reviews on a diverse range of issues.  Here, 17-year-old Leaving Cert student Taillte May reviews a new documentary about Malala Yousafzai and uncovers how Irish teenagers can relate to the story of this extraordinary young woman. ‘He Named Me Malala’ is a documentary […]

65th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights

Last week marked the 65th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, better known as the European Convention on Human Rights. The Convention was signed in Rome on 4th November 1950 by 12 member states of the Council of Europe.  It entered into force on 3rd September 1953, becoming the first instrument […]

New Report Details Progress Towards Equality in Great Britain

Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission published an interesting report yesterday, ‘Is Britain Fairer?’, which it describes as “the most comprehensive review ever carried out on progress towards greater equality and human rights protection in Britain”. The report looks at current human rights and equality challenges, as Britain becomes more ethnically and religiously diverse than […]

Marking 50 Years of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is the key international instrument in the fight against racism. It essentially resolves to “adopt all necessary measures for speedily eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms and manifestations, and to prevent and combat racist doctrines and practices in order to promote […]