Motion: 08. Direct Provision
Motion
Motion Title Direct Provision
Branch Dublin Central
Address To National Council/Policy Committee
Motion

Conference opposes the system of Direct Provision in Ireland;

adopts strong opposition to the system of Direct Provision, and the replacement of the system, as party policy, and;

instructs the National Council of the Social Democrats, and any other person charged by the party to determine policy, to formulate a policy on Direct Provision and further instructs that said policy must, as a consequence of this motion state that::
– Direct Provision Centres are places of deprivation of liberty and must be recognised as such
– Individuals seeking international protection should be provided with adequate care and support in appropriate settings to avoid retraumatisation and to ensure their rights are respected.
– The constitutional right to work must be made practicable for international protection applicants by removing existing barriers such as the type of permits provided, lack of access to driving licenses and bank accounts, and major exclusions from the right as provided for by Government.
– All children must have access to education, whether or not they are in “emergency accommodation”.
– People in Direct Provision settings must be protected from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, including such as may result from long-term institutionalisation.
– Access to adequate healthcare for both physical and mental illness must be provided.

agrees that, the National Conference currently assembled, is opposed to entry into government in circumstances where the aforesaid party policy is not also the policy of the government which it is proposed to join, without, however, impinging on any aspect of the Constitution of the Social Democrats which vests authority in any future conference or body to determine entry into government.

Amendments to Motion
Background

OPPOSES the system of Direct Provision in Ireland, and;

NOTES that the system is dehumanising, morally repugnant and contrary to social democratic values, and;

NOTES that the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has identified, that Direct Provision facilitates human rights violations, including the right to dignity; the right to work; the right to education; the right to health; the right to respect for a private and family life; the right to effective access to the international protection system; and the right to access justice and a remedy for rights violations and further that the system may constitute arbitrary detention and may also violate the right to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and therefore;

ADOPTS strong opposition to the system of Direct Provision, and the replacement of the system, as party policy, and;

INSTRUCTS the National Council of the Social Democrats, and any other person charged by the party to determine policy, to formulate a policy on Direct Provision and further instructs that said policy must, as a consequence of this motion, de minimis, include that: Direct Provision Centres are places of deprivation of liberty and must be recognised as such Individuals seeking international protection should be provided with adequate care and support in appropriate settings to avoid retraumatisation and to ensure their rights are respected. The constitutional right to work must be made practicable for international protection applicants by removing existing barriers such as the type of permits provided, lack of access to driving licenses and bank accounts, and major exclusions from the right as provided for by Government. All children must have access to education, whether or not they are in “emergency accommodation”. People in Direct Provision settings must be protected from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, including such as may result from longterm institutionalisation. Access to adequate healthcare for both physical and mental illness must be provided.

AGREES that, the National Conference currently assembled, is opposed to entry into government in circumstances where the aforesaid party policy is not also the policy of the government which it is proposed to join, notwithstanding any aspect of the Constitution of the Social Democrats which vests authority in any future conference or body to determine entry into government

AGREES that, the National Conference currently assembled, is opposed to entry into government in circumstances where the aforesaid party policy is not also the policy of the government which it is proposed to join, without, however, impinging on any aspect of the Constitution of the Social Democrats which vests authority in any future conference or body to determine entry into government