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Sage makes submission to UN Committee Against Torture June 27, 2017

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) monitors States’ implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Ireland’s examination and its second review cycle will be part of the 61st session of the Committee, and is due to be held on 27th & 28th July in Geneva.

In Sage’s first submission to UNCAT we highlight violations, which amount to inhuman or degrading treatment, of older and other vulnerable adults’ rights to integrity and dignity, autonomy and self-determination. The submission highlights experiences of de facto detention and deprivation of liberty encountered through interactions within the State, and bodies operating on behalf of the State, including those in receipt of State funding for the provision of services. The report makes 21 recommendations to ensure the State meets its obligations under the Convention, these recommendations cover the following areas.

  1. Recognition of a Person’s Capacity
  2. Deprivation of Liberty
  3. Chemical Restraint
  4. Lack of Access to Suitable Care
  5. Protection from Abuse
  6. Incontinence Wear & Artificial Feeding
  7. Quality of Life, Physical Environment, Privacy and Dignity
  8. Education and Information
  9. Investigation, Complaint and Redress
  10. Ratification of the Optional Protocol to CAT (OPCAT)

Sage Submission to CAT Review of Ireland June 2017 [pdf 1.8mb]

Three fact sheets were developed based on Sage’s Submission to the UNCAT Review of Ireland on Safeguarding, Deprivation of Liberty, and Privacy & Dignity, Quality of Life, Suitable Care

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