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.