“Ireland’s UPR” – The Video Report [2011]


In October 2011 Ireland will have its human rights record scrutinised by other United Nations member states under a new mechanism called “The Universal Periodic Review”. In preparation for this UPR a range of Irish civil society organisations came together to prepare a report that highlights particular areas of concern in the country. This video follows that process.

Aoibheann O’Sullivan profiles 3 organisations who formed part of the coaltion and looks at their particular human rights concerns. Many of these concerns have been raised at the UN before, so she questions in what way the UPR process is different. In the film she also profiles some of the staff from the Irish Centre for Civil Liberties as they assemble all the data and edit down to a 10 page report that all the stakeholders can agree on.

Aoibheann says “The final video is a news report and takes the viewer on the journey of discovery with me as I uncover what the UPR is and how relevant a mechanism it will be”.

A logo for Ireland's Universal Periodic Review


A Distilled Ideas Production, April 2011.
Filmed & Directed by Aoibheann O’Sullivan
With thanks to all who participated in the making of this video.

Interviews (in order of appearance):
Peter Szlovak – Integration Centre
Jane Mulcahy – Irish Penal Reform Trust
Meaghan Doherty – Irish Family Planning Association
Paul Rowe – Educate Together
Stephen – Irish Council for Civil Liberties
Deirdre Duffy – Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Research assistance:
Irish Council for Civil Liberties


“The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium” by DoKashiteru (feat. spinning merkaba) http://ccmixter.org/files/DoKashiteru/19848 licensed under a Creative Commons.




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