14th July 2021
IPRT welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the public consultation of the National Anti-Racism Committee (‘the Committee’) on the development of a new National Action Plan Against Racism. It was particularly appreciated by IPRT that ‘Access to Justice’ was highlighted as a priority theme for consideration in the consultation, and in the Committee’s 2020 Interim Report to the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. This theme provides the Committee with an opportunity to address the experiences of people in prison, as one of society’s most vulnerable and marginalised groups, in the national strategic approach to combatting racism.
The IPRT submission to the Committee made the following recommendations:
The submission is brief and addresses just a few of the discrimination issues arising in the criminal justice and penal system today. Upon publication of the IHREC-funded Access to Rights for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in the Penal System in Ireland report, IPRT will be in a better position to make evidence-based and comprehensive recommendations on how racism in Ireland’s criminal justice and penal system might be addressed. It is hoped that these recommendations will be a first step towards empowering and promoting access to justice for those people from migrant and ethnic minority backgrounds who get caught up in the criminal justice and penal system in Ireland.
Read the submission here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.