On 11 August 2017, the UN Committee against Torture issued recommendations on torture and ill-treatment in Ireland. The recommendations provide clear guidance to the Irish Government to implement a formalised vulnerability screening and ensure that all refugees who have been tortured have access to specialised rehabilitation services that are accessible country-wide.
Alternative report by IRCT member Spirasi
Video from the hearing:1st session (not available) & 2nd session
Key recommendations on the right to rehabilitation:
12. The State party should:
(a) Enshrine in its legislation the principle that detention of asylum-seekers should be used as a measure of last resort, for as short a period as possible and in facilities appropriate for their status;
(b) Establish a formalized vulnerability screening mechanism for torture victims and other persons with special needs, provide them with care and protection to avoid re-traumatization, including during international protection procedures;
(c) Provide adequate funding to ensure that all persons undergoing the single procedure under the International Protection Act have timely access to medico- legal documentation of torture, ensure that all refugees who have been tortured have access to specialized rehabilitation services that are accessible country-wide and to support and train personnel working with asylum-seekers with special needs;
(d) Ensure that persons detained for immigration purposes are not held together with remand and convicted prisoners, are informed about their situation in a language they can understand and have effective access to legal advice and to the process of application for international protection;
(e) Ensure that all persons who are refused “leave to land” are provided with access to legal advice and information regarding international protection in a language that they can understand, and provide the Committee with data on the countries of origin of persons denied “leave to land” and the point of embarkation for the State party to which they were returned in its next periodic report.