During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
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Ireland tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2013-2015, on 13 April 2012.
Internationally, Ireland pledged to: seek clear and strong action by the Council in addressing human rights violations; promote the Council’s role as a forum for exchanging best practice; participate actively in the UPR and ensure that ‘each review’ is focused on improvement of the domestic situation; fully engage in the work of the Third Committee; support the work of an independent and properly resourced OHCHR; continue to provide funding to OHCHR; continue to support civil society engagement with the Council; integrate human rights into overseas development assistance (ODA); use ODA to support national human rights institutions; continue to support UN efforts to combat discrimination against women; promote the rights of human rights defenders; continue to cooperate fully with the Council’s mechanisms; comply with its international treaty obligations, including through timely reporting; and ratify the CRPD and CPED.
Domestically, Ireland committed to: implement its national action plan flowing from Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; implement the National Action Plan against racism; continue to support domestic human rights education; support the work and independence of the Irish Human Rights Commission; and continue to consult civil society.
An analysis of steps taken by Ireland in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it is a strong supporter of the work of the Council, participating in over half of all panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues. Regarding its pledge to comply with its treaty reporting obligations, 1 out of 6 reports is currently overdue, and two were submitted late. For the UPR, Ireland was represented at ministerial level, and presented a mid-term report on implementation. Ireland is yet to ratify CRPD or CPED.