A number of organisations representing or concerned with communities who have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have written to the Taoiseach/Government appealing for a human rights impact assessment to be carried out by 5 May. The letter was signed by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT), the Movement of Ayslum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), Mental Health Reform, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, and Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland (RAMSI).
As part of the impact assessment, the organisations want to see disaggregated statistics on infection and death rates according to nationality, ethnicity, disability, gender and age. The organisations also want to see statistics on infection and death rates in residential settings broken down further into care, detention and direct provision settings.
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Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Liam Herrick, said:
Human rights principles can and should inform the public health response to the pandemic. They can provide a blueprint for deciding which restrictions should be lifted first and how the gradual lifting of restrictions should take place.
Enda Egan, CEO of Inclusion Ireland, said
Recent developments have seen those residing in care homes and other residential institutions becoming increasingly exposed to the virus, highlighting the need for both a public health response and a rights-based response to support these groups through this difficult period.