H 1 Mellet V. Ireland. Ireland must legalize abortion to end violations of women’s human rights.
In June 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Committee issued a groundbreaking decision in the case of Mellet v. Ireland.The Committee held that by prohibiting and criminalizing abortion, and thereby preventing Ms.Mellet from accessing abortion services in Ireland, the state subjected her to severe emotional and mental pain and suffering. As a result, Ireland violated her rights to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, privacy, and equality before the law as enshrined in Articles 7, 17 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Committee’s decision is not only the first ruling of its kind against Ireland — it is also the first time, in a decision on an individual complaint against any state, that an international or regional court or quasi-judicial body has explicitly and unequivocally held that prohibiting and criminalizing abortion violates women’s human rights.