“Ireland has agreed to follow the terms of four international treaties (agreements) which lay out standards for the treatment of prisoners.
- • the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);
- • the Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment from the Council of Europe;
- • the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR); and
- • the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT).
The Council of Europe’s European Prison Rules are also important. Although they are not the law, they give important guidance on high standards for prisons.”