Ireland Criticised In Child Trafficking Report

Ireland has been criticised in an Amnesty International report for a lack of child trafficking legislation and inadequate treatment for mentally ill children.

The Amnesty International Report for 2007 is an assessment of human rights worldwide. The report also claims that counter-terrorism laws could pose a potential threat to free speech in Britain.

The so called ‘war on terror’ and the ongoing conflict in Darfur are two of the principle issues raised in the report.

But how Ireland treats young people with mental disabilities and the Irish record on human trafficking do not escape criticism.

Noeleen Hartigan of the Amnesty International Irish Section claims that victims of trafficking are currently criminalised rather than supported.

The treatment of children with mental disabilities in adult inpatient facilities is in direct contravention of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, according to Amnesty International.