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Ireland: Responsible Bodies, Initiatives and Programmes

Scholars at Risk Europe

SAR Europe, hosted at Maynooth University, is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network. The European office supports and coordinates the activities of Scholars at Risk national sections and partner networks across Europe, to strengthen our collective voice and contribute to informed policymaking for the greater protection of scholars and increased respect for academic freedom worldwide. Please visit the SAR Europe webpages here.


Irish Refugee Council

Irish Refugee Council provides services and support for people seeking protection and people recognised as refugees in Ireland and advocate for humane and dignified protection procedures and responses to people fleeing persecution. 

Irish Refugee Council works with people who have to flee their home country, as it is no longer safe for them to be there. The most visible example of this is people fleeing war or conflict. However, persecution is not always born of war or conflict.

Irish Refugee Council also works with people who face persecution that is less visible. People who have experienced torture, death threats, and violence because of aspects of their identity or their actions – persecution based on their sexual identity, their religious beliefs, their political stance, for protesting, for being female or for being an ethnic minority.


Irish Council for Civil Liberties

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is Ireland’s leading independent human rights campaigning organisation. It monitors, educates and campaigns to secure human rights for everyone in Ireland.


UNHCR Ireland

UNHCR has had a continuous presence in Ireland since 1998. They work with the Irish government, officials, NGOs and other partners to protect people forced to flee their homes and support them to live their lives with dignity and respect. Ireland has acceded to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. UNHCR's supervisory role in relation to compliance with the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is recognised in national legislation (The International Protection Act 2015).