Welcome to Justice for Magdalenes
"It is not easy to stand outside the mainstream and to continue to press for the truth, but we know this is the way in which human rights defenders undertake their work in every country around the world."
— Dr. Maurice Manning, President, Irish Human Rights Commission (9 Nov. 2010)
PRESS RELEASE: JFM Research welcomes UNCAT list of issues, citing grave concerns about Magdalene Scheme
Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFM Research) welcomes the publication of the UN Committee Against Torture’s (UNCAT) ‘List of Issues’ for Ireland's forthcoming examination in 2015. In particular, we consider significant the strong signal of the Committee’s ongoing concerns with the government's response to its earlier recommendation on the Magdalene Laundries (June 2011). That recommendation called for a ‘prompt, thorough and independent investigation’ and it underscored the State's obligation to ensure survivors obtain redress. That these concerns, and others related to the McAleese and Quirke Reports, are foregrounded once again in today's list of issues draws attention to continuing failures on the part of the Irish government.
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Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), the survivor advocacy group, is announcing the end of its political campaign, begun in June 2009.
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Justice for Magdalenes gratefully ackowledges The Ireland Fund of Great Britain for its recent grant. This funding will enable JFM to cover expenses associated with our final push in the UN Committee Against Torture process, to gather and print testimonies, and to perform further research in order to assist the Inter-Departmental Committee's inquiries into state interaction with the Laundries.
We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Feminist Review Trust, under which JFM has been gathering testimonies in conjunction with and as a pilot phase of the UCD Magdalene Oral History Project (which is also funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science), directed by Dr. Katherine O'Donnell, Director of Women's Studies at UCD's School of Social Justice and JFM Advisory Committee member.
JFM Research is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organisation.
Justice for Magdalenes / JFM Research
Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Tel: In Ireland: (353) 086-446-3057
In the US: (1) 215-589-9329
In the UK: (44) 208-346-7479
Our information phone line will continue to operate a referral service but now
with an automated message directing callers to resources which are already available.
Media: (353) 086-3659516