Justice for Magdalenes Research: NGO submission to the UN Committee against Torture in respect of Ireland
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O'Rourke, Maeve. (2017). Justice for Magdalenes Research: NGO submission to the UN Committee against Torture in respect of Ireland, Justice for Magdalenes Research.
In 2011, the Committee Against Torture (‘the Committee’) made three urgent recommendations13 to Ireland regarding the abuse of thousands of girls and women in Magdalene Laundries between 1922 and 1996. The Committee recommended that Ireland: (a) institute prompt, independent and thorough investigations into all complaints of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment that were allegedly committed in the Magdalene Laundries; (b) in appropriate cases, prosecute and punish the perpetrators with penalties commensurate with the gravity of the offences committed; and (c) ensure that all victims obtain redress and have an enforceable right to compensation, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible.