IHRN's Human Rights Based Approaches have
been developed through practical experience and elaborated in policy
positions since 1996. Policy discussion
continues to evolve in the light of new contexts and applications. For example, the report Human Rights Based Approaches and EU development Policies, launched in 2008; and the 2009 international conference Measuring Justice: justice sector evaluation & human rights.
As part of this process, international fora have
been convened with representatives of relevant organisations and key
stake-holders including host societies and donors. At various times,
the support of the following has been central: the European Commission, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Europe, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) and Trócaire.
IHRN publications are part of a process of
continiung advocacy. They are made available free of charge, with the
request that the source is identified when they are disseminated or
when extracts are used.
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Integrating Human Rights in Ireland's Foreign Policy
Ireland chaired the United Nations Security Council
during the crucial month of October 2001, which saw the start of the
US-UK military response to the criminal attacks on the US of 11th
September 2001. This article examines the right to self-defence in
international law and in light of this, considers the Irish
Government's policy position during its Presidency of the Security
Council. The article highlights the need for effective systems to
ensure that Irish foreign policy is formed, and informed, by
Ireland, the Security Council and Afghanistan: Promoting or undermining the international rule of law? by Karen Kenny, published in the Trocaire Development Review 2001.