Labour Women welcome UNHCR recognition of Human Rights Violations faced by Irish Women

16 July 2014


Following a second day of hearings before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the Irish Government was told that its current abortion laws clearly violate international human rights legislation.

Commenting Labour Women Chairperson, Sinead Ahern said, “For generations either through neglect or as a result of misguided ideology, pregnant women in Ireland have been imprisoned, tortured, maimed and in some cases left to die. The committee rightly condemned the torture inflicted on women who underwent barbaric symphysiotomy procedures often without their consent and without anaesthetic. Many of these women suffered permanent and debilitating injuries as a result of this practice.

“We welcome the Committee’s acknowledgement that the current restrictions on abortion represent an unacceptable abuse of a woman’s human right. While the recent Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill enumerates in legislation basic rights for women, there remains huge progress to be made. Labour Women will continue to campaign for a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in order to protect women’s basic human rights.”


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