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'Alliance welcomes European analysis that cuts are strangling equality & human rights in Ireland' Feb 19 2013

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) said that it welcomed the endorsement by the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) for the alliance’s long standing analysis that severe cuts to Ireland’s equality and human rights bodies had strangled their effectiveness for four years and were now threatening the viability of their proposed merger.  ERA was invited to meet with ECRI delegation when it visited Ireland last year.

The coalition of over 140 organisations said that its serious concerns about the Government’s failure to address the lack of resources and severely diminished capacity of the Equality Authority had led it to make a submission to the EU Parliament Petitions Committee as a follow-up to an original petition lodged in 2009.  It is also requesting a review of the Irish Human Rights Commission’s A status, which it currently holds under International Human Rights Standards.

“The severely diminished starting point which the ECRI report highlights today underpins our continued concerns about the future of the new merged Commission to function as it needs to in this time of austerity and documented rise in inequality and xenophobia,”said Rachel Mullen, Co-ordinator of ERA.  

“The ECRI recommends that the new Commission should be compliant with international standards which stipulate that bodies should be adequately funded to carry out all of its duties and should function without interference from the state.  We are anything but confident that this Government is planning a course that is going to uphold this recommendation.”

Since 1998, the cumulative budget cuts to the Equality Authority and the IHRC have amounted to 49% and 40% respectively.  Staffing in the Equality Authority is down from 58 to 35 and in the IHRC it has been almost halved, from 17 to 9.  The number of legal cases that the Equality Authority has supported has dropped by a massive 66% since 2008.  It doesn’t have a legal officer available at present to deal with cases and there is no Board in place.  The IHRC has no Commissioners.

Equality & Rights Alliance also welcomed the ECRI’s recommendations that the functions of the closed National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) should move to the new merged body.

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