Please participate in the Irish Heritage Rights survey, to be sent to the UN Human Rights Council

The Irish Times published an opinion piece by Éamonn Mac Aodha, chief executive of the Irish Human Rights Commission, on Tuesday 2 November, entitled, ‘We have one year to measure up to UN review of human rights‘.  He urges Irish people to participate in a review of human rights in Ireland, because in October 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council will examine Ireland for the first time under a new UN process called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). TaraWatch and Save Newgrange are urging the public to claim their human right to culture and participate in UPR by filling out their Irish Heritage Rights survey. According to the UN:

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe.  The Council was created by the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 with the main purpose of addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

One year after holding its first meeting, on 18 June 2007, the Council adopted its “Institution-building package” [Word file] providing elements to guide it in its future work.  Among the elements is the new Universal Periodic Review mechanism which will assess the human rights situations in all 192 UN Member States.  Other features include a new Advisory Committee which serves as the Council’s “think tank” providing it with expertise and advice on thematic human rights issues and the revised Complaints Procedure mechanism which allows individuals and organizations to bring complaints about human rights violations to the attention of the Council.

If you feel that cultural and tradition rights and heritage sites in Ireland such as the Hill of Tara, 16 Moore Street, Skellig Michael and Brú na Bóinne are not being adequately protected, then please take about an hour and fill out the Irish Heritage Rights survey.

For more information, please email

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