During Order of Business in the Seanad on December 3rd 2019, Senator Kelleher spoke on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination who were at this time scrutinising Ireland’s record under the UN Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Senator Kelleher recognised the important work of the Committee and the need for Ireland to fulfil their obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Particularly with regards Traveller Rights and Family Reunification. Senator Kelleher mentioned the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission report which recommends that the International Protection Act 2015 be amended in line with Senator Kelleher’s International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017.
“The Commission has serious concerns regarding retrogressive measures on family reunification introduced in the International Protection Act 2015 that limit the statutory right to family reunification to members of the nuclear family, and requires family reunification applications to be made within 12 months of the grant of refugee or subsidiary protection status – a timeframe that is impossible for many refugees. The Act also excludes refugees who acquire citizenship by naturalisation from its purview”