Learning the Lessons

Mother and Baby Institutions in Northern Ireland

Mother and Baby Institutions (Amnesty International)

Learning the Lessons

Time for truth and justice

After a long campaign, survivors from Mother and Baby and Magdalene Laundry institutions now have the opportunity to co-design an inquiry into the human rights abuses they suffered.

Women in Northern Ireland have told Amnesty that they suffered arbitrary detention, forced labour, ill-treatment, and the removal and forced adoption of their babies – human rights violations.

Meanwhile, their babies were routinely branded as ‘illegitimate’ on birth, taken from their mothers as newborns -- some to be adopted without consent, while others were put into loveless institutions, only to face death by malnutrition and burial in mass graves.

Amnesty International is continuing its decade-long work with survivors to ensure truth and justice.

In March 2021, a six-month government-approved process of co-designing the inquiry began.

The information and resources on the below Amnesty web page should help survivors and other stakeholders to navigate this process and ensure a human rights compliant investigation is delivered.

Online Events

Following the publication of a report researching Mother and Baby institutions in Northern Ireland, survivors are being invited to co-design an inquiry into the issue.

In a process that will last up to six months, the design and terms of reference of the investigation process will be agreed.

Amnesty International and Ulster University are holding a series of online events with experts and survivors to inform what this process should look like.

They will be available to watch at amnesty.org.uk, starting from 29th March and dates thereafter.

  Amnesty Website

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