Ireland

News in Brief 30 January 2020

  • UNHCR suspends work at transit site in Libya 
  • End political deadlock in Iraq, top UN official urges 
  • Rights experts commend safe return of Irish woman associated with ISIL 
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UN experts urge Turkey to repatriate Irish woman associated with terror group

Turkey must ensure that an Irish woman and her infant daughter who are being held in custody there are repatriated, independent UN experts said in a statement released on Thursday. The woman, Lisa Smith, has been described in press reports as a supporter of the ISIL terror group, and former member of the Irish military.

Service and Sacrifice: Irish forces in Golan ‘well trained to deal with challenging situations’

Irish military personnel serving under the UN flag in the Golan have been “well trained to deal with challenging situations,” according to the head of the contingent there. UN News's Daniel Dickinson has been talking to the commander of the Irish forces, Lieutenant Colonel Louis Flynn.

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In a globalized world, ‘we must live in each other’s shelter, not shadow,’ Ireland tells UN

Expressing his faith in the United Nations and its commitment to responding to challenges such as the disasters presently plaguing Latin America and the Caribbean, Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said that and other issues require the UN to “move from debate to action.”

Ireland: UN experts urge amending abortion ban subjecting women to suffering and discrimination

A woman in Ireland who was forced to choose between carrying her foetus to term, knowing it would not survive, or seeking an abortion abroad was subjected to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment as a result of Ireland’s legal prohibition of abortion, United Nations experts have found.

Universities in Europe urged to promote more women

Universities in Europe are being urged to promote more women to professorial level.

According to a university teachers union in Ireland, women occupy just 19 per cent of senior academic posts across the continent.

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Ireland must do more to raise awareness of human rights defenders – UN expert

An independent United Nations expert today stressed that although the environment in Ireland is favourable for human rights defenders, the country could do more to raise awareness among its citizens of their role in society.

Ban Ki-moon hails formation of power-sharing government in Northern Ireland

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed news of the formation of a new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland involving politicians from the British province’s Protestant and Roman Catholic communities.

UN agency signs deal with Irish Red Cross to reunite refugee families in Ireland

The United Nations refugee agency has signed its first agreement with the Irish Red Cross on coordination between the two agencies to better help with reunification of refugee families in Ireland.

Annan urges all sides to ‘seize opportunity’ of Northern Ireland disarmament

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides in the Northern Ireland dispute to seize the “unique opportunity” offered by the decommissioning of weapons by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to advance the 1998 Good Friday agreement laying out a framework for a peaceful and democratic settlement.