Public event with Ms. Maud De Boer-Buquicchio

Nov 11 2019 Posted: 14:25 GMT

 Public event with the UN Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio 

Venue: The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, (16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7)

Date: Friday, 29th November 2019

Time: 10.30 am to 1pm 

Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio was appointed as Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children by the UN Human Rights Council in May 2014, and her mandate was renewed in March 2017. She served as Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe between 2002 and 2012. Ms de Boer-Buquicchio spearheaded the adoption of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. She is the President of the European Federation for Missing and Exploited Children.

 The Rapporteur will discuss her recent country report on Ireland from March 2019, which assessed the situation regarding the sale and sexual exploitation of children and evaluated the national child protection system in Ireland. One area of concern highlighted was the human rights abuses arising from “historical precedents of illegal and irregular adoptions in Ireland that impact the situation today”.

 Following her presentation, there will be a roundtable of views presented by human rights advocates, including Dr Maeve O’Rourke (the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUIG), Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (School of History, NUIG), Mary Harney (LLM Candidate in International Human Rights Law / ReSister), Claire McGettrick (co-founder of Adoption Rights Alliance and JFM Research / IRC postgraduate scholar, UCD School of Sociology), and Patrick Corrigan (Head of Nations & Regions / NI Programme Director, Amnesty International UK). 

This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance on Eventbrite at

 All welcome!