About the ICCL

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is Ireland’s leading independent human rights watchdog, which monitors, educates and campaigns in order to secure full enjoyment of human rights for everyone.

Founded in 1976 by Mary Robinson and others, the ICCL has played a leading role in some of the most successful human rights campaigns in Ireland. These have included campaigns resulting in the establishment of an independent Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, the legalisation of the right to divorce, more effective protection of children’s rights, the decriminalisation of homosexuality and introduction of enhanced equality legislation.

We believe in a society which protects and promotes human rights, justice and equality.

What we do:

  • Advocate for positive changes in the area of human rights;
  • Monitor government policy to make sure that it complies with international standards;
  • Conduct original research and publish reports on issues as diverse as equal rights for all families, the right to privacy, police accountability and judicial accountability;
  • Run campaigns to raise public and political awareness of human rights, justice and equality issues;
  • Work closely with other key stakeholders in the human rights, justice and equality sectors.
Our work depends on public support. To find out how to get involved with the ICCL, or to support the ICCL by making a contribution, please click here.

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