Ireland has been told by the UN Human Rights Council to change its abortion laws
There were 19 recommendations made relating to Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.
Of those, one was accepted by Ireland: a recommendation by Switzerland that the government engage with all the relevant stakeholders in determining whether the legal framework surrounding abortion could be broadened.
The rest were deferred for study, with the government committing to providing a full report on how they might be implemented by September of this year.
This is in contrast to 2011, where Ireland rejected all recommendations on easing abortion laws.
Mark Kelly, CEO of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, said that the government’s taking onboard of the criticism from other countries surrounding abortion represented a “sea change”.
“The ICCL notes that there has been a sea change in the Government’s attitude to criticism of our highly-restrictive abortion regime since Ireland last appeared before the UN Human Rights Council in 2011,” he said.