Human rights
European Convention of Human Rights Act (2003)
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The European Convention of Human Rights Act (2003) is an act of the Oireachtas, the Irish National Parliament, which included the European Convention on Human Rights as part of Irish law. As a consequence, the state must adopt the provisions of the Convention unless they are not permitted to do so by domestic law.

The rights protected in the Act include

  • the right to life
  • the prohibition of abuse, slavery and torture
  • the right to freedom of expression
  • the right to respect for private and family life

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is international human rights law. It protects the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. States that are parties to the Convention are required to promote, protect and ensure the full enjoyment of human right by people with disabilities, and to ensure their full equlity under the law.

Human rights issues that may arise in the Irish context include:

in-service charges in residential services

capacity to make decisions

sexual relationships

medical decisions


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