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“UN Council displays jaw dropping levels of hypocrisy toward Ireland,” McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the interrogation of Ireland's human rights record by the United Nations Human Rights Council as a grotesque and absurd farce that has little or no merit. Deputy McGrath was speaking as Ireland faced its 2nd Examination under the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva today:

“To listen to the contributions of the various member states as they grill Ireland on the implementation of human rights protocols was genuinely nauseating.

The fact that we must endure this charade from states that have quite literally brutal records on human rights is incredible.

Ireland had to sit and listen to criticism from Qatar where treatment like flogging and stoning are perfectly legal and where the enforced slavery of migrant workers is of international concern.

Ireland also had to endure deeply cynical and hypocritical contributions from The Islamic State of Iran and India; all states that are far from being the beacons of the human rights cultures which they portrayed themselves as today.

In the Philippines for example, killings, torture, and enforced disappearances have continued to occur regularly as wells as attacks on journalists, human rights defenders, political activists, and members of tribal groups.

In India meanwhile the systematic persecution of Christian and Muslim minorities, which is something that is clearly of grave concern, does not seem to register with them as a barrier to their lecturing us on human rights.

This is the international equivalent of taking advice on domestic violence prevention from among the worst perpetrators of such heinous crimes.

These States clearly need to get their own houses in order before they think of further subjecting a sovereign nation like Ireland to such hypocritical remarks

It is time we ended this charade of alleged accountability on the implementation of our human rights obligations given how abundantly clear it is that these UN Committees are composed of states and members who have scant or little regard for the concept of human dignity as it is meaningfully understood,” concluded Deputy McGrath.